Over the weekend, a group using the name America First held a conference in Florida. Led by a notorious white nationalist named Nick Fuentes, the group explored the explicitly racist and toxic applications of the phrase. No one did so with more eagerness than Fuentes.
“Tonight I say: We are going to rule this country,” he told the cheering audience, largely made up of young White men. After pronouncing that “the United States government has become the evil empire in the world,” he pledged that he and they would “build and raise up a parallel economy” to avoid the constraints otherwise placed on overt racists.
Fuentes, who was at the far-right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, repurposed one of its nationalist catchphrases as he railed against his group's enemies.“To every RINO, every lying journalist, every carjacker, gangbanger, illegal immigrant, every OnlyFans whore, every mobbed-up politician and pundit on the payroll of some Middle Eastern country, to the people that have looted our wealth, addicted our youth to drugs, thrown open our borders to invaders from all over the world, to the corrupt that have sold out our country and our people: we are coming for you. ... You think you can replace us? You’re wrong. We will replace you.”This is not subtle, certainly, but Fuentes at another point was more explicit.
“Our secret sauce here? It's these young White men,” he said. The audience cheered. “That's what we call the secret ingredient. America and the world has forgotten about them, but not us.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene now using her official USG congressional account to promote anti-Semitic, white supremacist, pro-Hitler, pro-Putin conference. This is a toxin in the bloodstream of America. It must stop.— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) February 28, 2022
House GOP Leaders: Have you lost all sense of decency? https://t.co/ywZhif4Vvb
"Morons, I've got morons on my team," he said of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, quoting a line from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." https://t.co/t2w4J8D1FN— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 27, 2022
Arizona state senator Wendy Rogers:
In her televised address, Arizona state senator Wendy Rogers advocates for building gallows to hang named enemies, then calls on the groypers to keep "pushing the Overton Window towards Christ" pic.twitter.com/5pvepExWru— Ben Lorber (@BenLorber8) February 26, 2022