It Came From the Basement: How Nick Fuentes Groomed a New Generation of Racist Hate

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“ ‘Nick Fuentes did not single-handedly cause these shifts in the Republican Party and in conservatism. He was in the right place at the right time,’ says Ben Lorber, an analyst with the far-right watchdog group Political Research Associates. ‘I wouldn’t discount his influence, though, in helping craft a Gen Z conservative counterculture’—one that Lorber says is gaining sway as younger people are hired by lawmakers and work their way up the party. ‘They might not be writing the GOP national convention speeches and platforms, or leading the Heritage Foundation,” he says, “but they might be interns and young staffers.’”

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