Donald Trump sparked fury after he met with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes in Florida last Tuesday.
Fuentes, 24, from Illinois, met with the former president at his Mar-a-Lago resort during a dinner alongside rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, who has also made a string of recent antisemitic comments online.
After the meeting, Trump said he did not know Fuentes or his background as a far-right live streamer who advocates for anti-democracy policies. Fuentes has aligned himself more closely with Ye and far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, who is helping organize the rapper’s 2024 presidential run.
Fuentes first started live streaming during his freshman year at Boston University where he studied politics and international relations.
In 2017, he started hosting the talkshow “America First” on the Trump-supporting Right Side Broadcasting Nework (RSBN). He continued in his role despite encouraging people to “kill the globalists,” a term that has antisemitic connotations. However, Fuentes’ show was dropped by RSBN in August 2017 when he attended the deadly white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In April 2018, Fuentes spoke at the American Renaissance Conference run by white nationalist Jared Taylor.
Fuentes then appeared on a podcast alongside American neo-Nazi Richard Spencer where he said he believed in core white nationalist beliefs, but that he did not use the label to describe himself.
“The reason I wouldn’t call myself a white nationalist is not because I don’t see the necessity for white people to have a homeland and for white people to have a country. It’s because that kind of terminology is used almost exclusively by the left to defame,” Fuentes said in the May 2018 podcast, which was unearthed by Right Wing Watch.
Spencer rose to prominence in 2016 after shouting “Hail Trump!” and being greeted with Nazi salutes at an event in Washington, D.C., shortly after Trump was elected president.
Fuentes would continue to spew divisive comments on his livestream show, which he also named America First, where he brands himself as a “Christian conservative.”
He has used his platform to share Holocaust denialist and antisemitic views.