Fuentes Holds Press Conference in Dallas, Slams Fake Conservatives at CPAC, Rejects Accusations of White Nationalism
Nick Fuentes held a press conference in Dallas on Saturday following his Twitter ban, slamming fake conservatives at CPAC and rejecting accusations of white nationalism and anti-Semitism.
Fuentes, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, made his first public appearance at a press conference in Dallas across the road from CPAC following his ban. “If you lose your platform, it’s extinction,” he said, noting that while some people can survive rampant deplatforming, “for the most part, it’s lethal.” While Fuentes has been banned off of pretty much all major social media platforms, the speakers at CPAC’s Dallas event, with the theme of “America Uncancelled,” faced no such issues.
“Is there anyone at this entire conference who was even cancelled one time?” Fuentes queried. The answer, unsurprisingly, was no, with every single speaker at the America Uncancelled event still platformed on the major Big Tech platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, with the notable exception of President Trump.
Ironically, Fuentes noted, CPAC is notorious for cancelling anyone sympathetic to America First ideals, including himself, Owen Shroyer, Gavin McInnes, and Michelle Malkin, to name just a few. Fuentes has been banned from CPAC events for the past 3 years, with an attempt to visit the CPAC Dallas event on Saturday resulting in security asking him to leave.
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Fuentes argued at the press conference that the only people actually being deplatformed, rather than those who just claim to be, are being targeted because they espouse “ideas and messages that actually challenge the system.” He gave the example of Ben Shapiro, who instead of his speech being shut down, is in fact boosted by Big Tech platforms. Their message is “virtually identical to the left,” he said, while everyone else who speaks the truth has endured “years of censorship,” that is “only getting more pervasive.”
The host of America First proceeded to rail against claims that he was a white nationalist or supremacist, as he had been labelled by many opponents. “The reason they call me a white nationalist is because I’m against the transformation of American demographics,” he said, despite the fact that white nationalists want an ethno-state with only white people in America. “I have never supported that. It’s not how the world works,” he highlighted, adding that “as a practical matter, we as a nation will have to figure out how to navigate the turbulent waters ahead.”
He also denied being an anti-Semite, another charge hurled at him. “I’m a Christian, I’m willing to get along with everybody. I have friends of all races, colors, and creeds,” Fuentes said. However, the official definitions of anti-Semitism by organizations such as the US State Department and the CIA included incredibly broad definitions that would make suggesting so-called “Israel First” conservatives have more loyalty to Israel than America could be anti-Semitic. “I think everyone has a big fat problem with Israel First conservatives like Ben Shapiro! I think tens of millions of people would have a problem with that,” he argued.
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He concluded by saying that the only thing standing in the way of America First conservatives from taking charge in politics was themselves. “It’s the fear of being called racist, sexist, white nationalist,” he said. “There are worse things in the world than being called these names. The fate of our country is far scarier than being called these names.”