Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist
President Donald Trump’s latest dinner guest is a white supremacist.
On Thursday in Washington, D.C., Trump hosted with him Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist. Fuentes is a controversial figure, with a long history of being banned from social media. He also has a long history of making racist, anti-Semitic comments online. He once said on his YouTube channel that he was “looking forward to the day that I destroy the Left.”
Trump has recently hosted other white nationalist figures: David Duke, Tony Duke, Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer, and Jared Taylor. “I am a white nationalist, but I’m not the leader, I’m a symbol and a vision,” Trump said at the White House on Monday, later adding that he wanted to show support for the nation of white nationalists.
Fuentes is an organizer at a white nationalist group that believes in “a white ethno-state.” He’s a former high school teacher, who taught at Lincoln Middle School in Pennsylvania, and who has spoken at anti-racism events. A Facebook page shows him giving a speech in which he called for white immigration to be halted, and said that a lack of “Anglo-Saxon blood” in the country is “damaging white America and everything it represents.”
When asked about the comments in a Fox News interview, Fuentes said, “I am a white nationalist. I am a racist. I am a bigot. I am not going to apologize for that.”
But he did apologize for other things. In the Facebook post linked above, he says he is “appalled” by the “white genocide” comments, including the “white genocide” comment to Trump’s speech about the nation’s divisions.
Fuentes has been banned from Twitter for a week, without explanation from the service. It says it is because he violated the service’s rules against “direct action” by “posting inflammatory, racist or hateful content.” Twitter tells The Guardian that