White nationalist Nick Fuentes banned from annual gathering of top US conservatives but other far-right extremists were welcomed

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage 2021
Conservative Political Action Conference stage.

  • Nick Fuentes was removed from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Saturday.
  • But several other far-right figures were seen at the event, including Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.
  • Donald Trump is due to speak at the conference on Sunday.
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Far-right white nationalist Nick Fuentes was removed from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas on Saturday.

Although organizers removed Fuentes from the event, a range of far-right figures have been seen attending the conference, including members of the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

CPAC is an annual gathering of top US conservatives, with former president Donald Trump due to speak on Sunday.

In a video posted to Twitter by Patriot Takes, Nick Fuentes can be seen outside CPAC with a group of his supporters chanting “Groyper.”

Groypers are a group of white nationalist and far-right activists, headed by Fuentes, whose goal is to bring far-right politics into mainstream conservatism.

In the video, Fuentes announced his plan to host a rival press conference, which he promised would be his “most unchained speech ever.”

“I’m off Twitter. I have nothing to lose. This is going to be the most racist, most sexist, the most anti-Semitic, the most Holocaust-denying speech in all of Dallas this weekend,” Fuentes said, to enthusiastic cheers from his supporters.

On Friday, Fuentes’ Twitter account was suspended for “repeated violations.”

The video shows Fuentes and his supporters walking into CPAC while chanting “America first” and “white boy summer.” Fuentes briefly gained access before being kicked out.

Although the 22-year-old agitator was barred from the event, members from other far-right groups were seen in attendance over the course of the weekend, including Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, and at least two members of the Proud Boys.

The Daily Beast reported that some CPAC attendees were openly boasting about participating in the Capitol insurrection.

“I’m here to instigate freedom like I did on the lawn on January 6 when I climbed the media tower while they shot tear gas at my feet,” Duane Schwingel, an activist who dresses up as a patriotic character called Uncle Jam, said, according to The Daily Beast.

QAnon merchandise was also seen on sale at the event.

A 7-point-plan to reinstate Donald Trump as president was also being handed out at CPAC.

The lineup of speakers included Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump allies.

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GOP Rep. Gosar skipped the House stimulus bill vote to attend a white nationalist event in Florida

Paul Gosar
Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks during a panel discussion about the Devaluing of American Citizenship during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday’s stimulus vote to attend the AFPAC committee. 
  • The conference is a white nationalist alternative to CPAC. 
  • Gosar cited special rules introduced by Congress during the pandemic to skip attending the vote in person. 
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Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday night’s vote on the stimulus bill to attend a white nationalist conference in Florida. 

Gosar on Friday night was among the attendees of America First Political Action Committee (AFPAC), a far-right alternative to the CPAC conference of conservatives held nearby. 

White nationalist activist Nick Fuentes organizes the conference. Fuentes was among the far-right activists who rallied Trump supporters ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot and attended the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017. 

 

Gosar had told Congress that he couldn’t attend the vote on the $1.9 stimulus bill proposed by the Biden administration under rules allowing lawmakers to cast votes remotely for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The stimulus bill passed the Democrat-controlled House in a vote in the early hours of Saturday. 

Gosar sought to justify attending AFPAC in a statement to the Washington Post Saturday, claiming he was trying to reach out to younger Republicans. 

“We thought about it, and we thought: There is a group of young people that are becoming part of the election process and becoming a bigger force,” Gosar told the Post. “So why not take that energy and listen to what they’ve got to say?”

The following day he attended CPAC, reported Arizona Central, where he sought to distance himself from white nationalism, at a panel discussion he spoke at.

 

“I denounce, when we talk about white racism, that’s not appropriate,” Gosar said. “I believe in a strong immigration system, but a legal immigration system.”

A spokesperson for Gosar did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

At the AFPAC event, Fuentes said that “white people are done being bullied,” and praised the Capitol riot, where five people lost their lives, as “awesome,” describing it as “light-hearted mischief,” reported The Daily Beast. 

He also mocked Rep. Madison Cawthorne, of North Carolina, who is partially paralyzed, for being in a wheelchair, according to the report. 

Gosar was joined at the AFPAC conference by former Rep. Steve King. He was expelled from committee duties in 2019 after questioning why “white supremacy” was considered wrong. He lost a primary challenge for his Iowa seat in 2020 after being abandoned by GOP leadership. 

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