Nick Fuentes, who has been designated as a white supremacist by the Department of Justice, was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 3.
American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement posted to social media, “We removed Nick Fuentes from his attempt to attend our conference. His hateful racist rhetoric and actions are not consistent with the mission of CPAC. We are pleased that our conference welcomes a wide array of conservative perspectives from people of different backgrounds, but we are concerned about the rise in antisemitic rhetoric (or Jew hatred) in our country and around the globe, whether it be in the corridors of power and academia or through the online rantings of bigots like Fuentes.”
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) March 3, 2023
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Fuentes has claimed that the official six million Holocaust figure is overexaggerated, drawing a comparison with cookies in ovens; Fuentes has claimed he was kidding but wouldn’t retract the statement. Additionally, the ADL noted that Fuentes called for Republicans to tackle “Jewish Power” and that he said he doesn’t “see Jews as Europeans and I don’t see them as part of Western civilization.” Fuentes garnered national attention in November after he and rapper Kanye West met with former President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago; Trump later said that he didn’t know who Fuentes was and that he met West and that he agreed to the dinner to give West “advice” and that West “has been very good to me,” but also called the rapper “a seriously troubled man.”
CPAC is being held from March 1-4 in Washington D.C.; Trump will address the conference on March 4.