Supporters of President Donald Trump yell at counter protesters outside of a book promotion for Donald Trump Jr. at UCLA in Westwood, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2019.Mark Ralston / AFP – Getty Images
The group is led by a minor celebrity in the alt-right named Nick Fuentes, who runs a YouTube channel called “America First.”
Fuentes’ and his group have gained national attention for a series of identical stunts, in which they take over question-and-answer portions of events with conservatives who align with President Donald Trump. They then confront the speakers with anti-gay, anti-Semitic and racist questions, efforts that resemble internet trolling taken into the real world, which are then streamed online for its supporters.
“He’s no less dangerous than Spencer. His time just hadn’t come yet,” Donovan said. “He’s a Holocaust denier, a vicious homophobe, and anti-immigration talking points that’s so bad most journalists are going to read it as trolling. But it’s not trolling. He’s just trying to seed these talking points, and infect the culture with these discussions.”
“What they’re trying to do in these explosive Q-and-A’s is say, ‘Shocking language around race is back on the table.’”
The driving ideology of the group, he said, is even simpler: “We just want to be racist with our friends on Twitter. It’s low commitment for high amounts of racism.”