A group of right-wing and dissident-right activists joined forces with neo-Nazis and others on the far-right to attack conservatives who believe they are not true conservatives, either online or in person.
On Sunday, for example, members of this group called Donald Trump, Jr., to an event in California. And conservative speakers were touted by "scammers" during events in Texas, Tennessee, and Arizona.
This group, which calls itself the "Horse-Riding Army," the "Gropper," is a reference to the Pepe Toad meme, itself an alt-right meme ̵
This "army of daughters" targets what is called the Conservative Inc., a collective represented by conservative speakers such as Pandit Ben Shapiro, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, respectively. Dan Crenshaw, conservative writer John Goldberg and even Trump Jr., as well as conservative student organizations, including Turning Point USA and Young American for Freedom.
Beyond the distorted Trump that Trump faces, network tactics usually focus on asking specific and many leading questions about Israel, immigration, and LGBTQ questions within conservatism, hoping to get answers that reveal " ] the speaker's false conservatism . "True Conservatism is defined essentially as an emphasis on ethnic and racial characteristics as determining factors for immigration, combined with an isolationist foreign policy and a 'traditional' stance on LGBTQ. These tactics have received support from some major right-wing candidates who advocate for extreme immigration restrictions, such as Michel Malkin.
In fact, the "army of crooks" is simply the alt-right of 2016 and 2017, warmed, re-energized and using new terminology to separate from the problem of "optics" caused by the huge failure of 2017. " Unite the Right A rally that ended in the murder of a young woman. Its leaders and advocates are racist and Holocaust denialist, its message boards are rhapsodic about the man who carried out the mass shooting in Christchurch, and the issues he presents to conservative speakers are based on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and fears of "whites" .
As one source told me after an event at Turning Point USA, crammed with "crooks", "I didn't know there were so many racists."
The Horsemen's Army at Work
Over the weekend, "The Riding Army "Is targeting events at Turning Point USA, one featuring Donald Trump Jr. at UCLA and another featuring Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) in Arizona.
According to a source, the former event was intended to be a short interview conducted by Kirk, followed by the signing of Trump's new book, Jr. Activated.
But the groyper army, which made up about a third of the audience, overwhelmed Trump's senior campaigner, Jr. and Trump, Kimberly Gilfoil, screaming noisily and demanding a Q&A session (the video above was from a Twitter account on a backer
Rep, Dan Crenshaw was another target for the Army of the Diggers this weekend. At an event in Arizona, entitled "Dove Me Wrong ft. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, "during Crenshaw's responses to questions from the public, Crenshaw was asked a series of questions that he later emailed to me," almost exclusively for Israel. "" The basic nature of their questions was to ask a question that at first seems like a legitimate policy difference, fully discussed, "Crenshaw told me. "But then it becomes clear – and there are hints along the way – the motivations are deeper and darker than stated in their original question."
One of these questions is focused on the USS Liberty. As BuzzFeed News reporter Eli Hall described in detail in 2018:
USS Liberty is a dog whistle relating to a 1967 incident in which Israeli forces fired at an American spy ship, killing 34 , during a six day war. Subsequently, Israel said its pilots believed the ship was an Egyptian ship and apologized – the government ultimately paid $ 6.7 million in compensation to the survivors and families of the dead. Since then, there are unproven conspiracy theories surrounding the circumstances, which call into question whether the attack was intentional. Both the Israeli and the United States governments have said it is a mistaken identity.
The USS Liberty has now become an anti-Semitic meme used to claim that the Israeli government is in fact the enemy of the United States and that the country should not receive US funding. And members of the groyper army were urged online to question TPUSA's orators for USS Liberty and other anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, such as "Dancing Israelis", which claims Israel stands behind the Sept. 11 attacks and five Israeli citizens "Danced" in the celebration as you watch them.
They ask these questions in the hopes of creating viral content for the answers, such as this video of the October 21st Turning Point USA event at Grand Canyon University.
According to the neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer, counteracting speakers by simply calling out specific conspiracy theories is good enough. He urges readers who attend Turning Point USA events who fail to try to ask questions, "When they download [by security] they shout 'GOOGLE THE USS LIBERTY' or 'GOOGLE DANCING ISRAELIS' or 'AMERICA FIRST NOT ISRAEL FIRST' or just NICK FUENTES.
Nick Fuentes and "America First"
The groyper army is led in part or at least symbolically by Nick Fuentes, a 22-year-old former Conservative radio presenter and Join the Right
Former ally of white nationalist Richard Spencer and a friend of white nationalists such as Patrick Casey and Vincent Fox, Fuentes tried to disguise his views by arguing in favor of a participant who hosted a YouTube show called "America First." for Telegram messages that America First is a "Christians Tradition" movement nsko, conservative, reformist, nationalist American, "while the right is" racist "and" transnational ". "
But this is pure semantics, as Fuentes is a white nationalist and anti-Semite who refers to Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh as a" traitor to the Shabs goy race "to condemn El Paso, Texas, for weapons he killed more than 20 people in August In fact, in an interview with a French Canadian white nationalist, Fuentes said the only reason he was not called a white nationalist was because "this type of terminology is used almost exclusively by the Left for libel."  "I think in some ways it's almost superfluous to be a" white "nationalist. He knows m, that the word "nation" is almost implicitly referring to ethnicity and biology, "Fuentes said.
In a series of videos deleted by his YouTube account at the end of October, Fuentes claims (using a thinly veiled metaphor that addresses black Americans as "blackboards," and white Americans as "whiteboards"), that "America first is not America first, if it is not a 100 percent whiteboard," and that it is "whiteboard nationalist."
In another video, he advocates segregation and Jim Crow, stating "even if it's bad, who cares? "He also described one of the Koch brothers as an" enemy of the white race, "and his reaction to the shooting in El Paso was to say," The easiest way for Mexicans not to be shot at Wal-Mart is not to fuck here. "
In September, Turning Point USA – which had previously faced allegations of racist behavior – severed ties with brand ambassador Ashley St. Clair, who was shot with Fuentes and in October, Fuentes was prevented from gained access to an event at Politicon, the annual non-party political conference attended by Turn founder ing Point USA Charlie Kirk.
A source told me that the organisation's decision to sever ties with St. Clair led to Fuentes's struggle with the organization and to many resignations from member chapters that are more in line with Fuentes's worldview. In fact, a source told me that Turning Point USA decided to dissolve one chapter of the organization at Kansas State University, saying, "Turning Point has a very specific message for a big tent," which Fuentes and his followers are not part of. He said the organization largely welcomed the resignation with "don't let the door hit you."
But he added that Fuentes wasn't trying to take down only Turning Point USA: "He wants to burn Conservative Inc. "
The War on Campus Conservatism
The fight for the Army of Horse Riding is not just about college campuses. It's about the future of conservatism, and what that future should look like when the Army tries to cultivate itself, as Ben Shapiro put it in a speech focused on the alt-right last week, "heirs to conservatism."
And yes, that future begins in college. College campuses have long been where conservative groups and conservative concepts begin with Young Americans for Freedom and Sharon's statement in the 1960s to the TPUSA style of "activate the mucous membranes".
There are generally two ways.
For the resp. Crenshaw "Conservative principles are not exclusive and I firmly believe that the Republican Party must continue to grow." But according to Funtes, this is not true – conservatism must be white, Christian and heterosexual. As he puts it in his Telegram account, "America is NOT a proposed nation. We have no opinion on Israel. We are Christians and do not promote degeneration.
And Fuentes and his army consider them to be the true conservatives and the true heirs of conservatism, the last true defenders of what they think Trump really stands against the "unelected face of trumpism" in Kirk and other practitioners. While Charlie Kirk and others enjoy close ties with the White House, Fuentes and the Mandrake army believe he and similar figures are betraying Trump by allowing LGBTQ conservatives within the movement and advocating for legal immigration.
Or, as neo-Nazi Andrei Anglin, editor of the Daily Stormer, said, "We want Donald Trump to do what he said he would do. … Kirk and all these other shills and Jews are traitors to the revolution. They have attached themselves to Trump to push for a corporate, gay, Zionist, globalist agenda. "
President Trump's agenda is initially undermined by people in his White House or inner circle who do not vote for him, are not loyal to him, and actively oppose his policies.
They are the GOP's globalist swamp trying to take down the Trump party and its constituents!
– Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) November 10, 2019
In a statement, the spokesman for Young Americans for Freedom, Spencer Brown, told me that his organization considered the army of horse breeders to work to "advance disgusting views that are antithetical to Conservatism's fundamental belief in the sanctity and equality of each individual. "
But for Fuentes and his army of dairies, that's exactly the problem.