White Supremacist Nick Fuentes’s Twitter Was Reinstated — Then Banned Again

Fuentes’s newest ban comes hours after he shared a put up amplifying rapper Kanye West’s antisemitic statements.

On Tuesday, Twitter reinstated the account of Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist who has given excessive reward to Nazi chief Adolf Hitler as just lately as final week — solely to droop Fuentes’s profile within 24 hours of its reinstatement.

The positioning has not specified why it suspended Fuentes’s account for a second time, however one of many few tweets Fuentes shared whereas again on the platform referenced antisemitic remarks from rapper Kanye West during which he vowed to go “demise con 3” on Jewish individuals.

It’s unclear whether or not the most recent ban on Fuentes will probably be everlasting, or whether or not he will probably be allowed to return to Twitter in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, the social media website has been extra tolerant of customers who espouse hateful and violent views, reinstating the accounts of several white supremacists and white nationalists who had been banned previous to Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Fuentes was initially ousted from the social media website in July 2021 for repeatedly violating the site’s guidelines.

Fuentes has made myriad comments attacking nonwhite individuals and celebrating acts of violence. In 2021, for instance, he lamented that america was shedding “its white demographic core.” He has additionally defended the U.S.’s segregationist insurance policies within the Jim Crow period, and has denied vital components of the Nazi-led Holocaust throughout World Struggle II.

Fuentes has described the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol as being “superior,” and referred to as for the killing of state legislators who refused to take part in a scheme to overturn Trump’s loss within the 2020 presidential election to President Joe Biden.

Fuentes grew to become extra well-known after he, rapper Kanye West and former President Donald Trump had dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in November. After Trump was criticized for agreeing to fulfill with him and West, who also espouses far right, antisemitic viewpoints, he tried to distance himself from Fuentes, saying he didn’t know who the white supremacist was earlier than the dinner came about. (Notably, Trump has not condemned Fuentes after the very fact, as he’s reportedly worried that doing so would alienate his base of supporters.)

Fuentes, now a marketing campaign adviser for West (who’s planning a long-shot presidential run for 2024), has not tampered down his rhetoric within the yr and a half since his Twitter ban. Simply final week, Fuentes praised Hitler, describing the genocidal dictator as being “really fucking cool.”

Earlier than Fuentes’s account was suspended for the second time, Twitter customers blasted the positioning’s determination to reinstate Fuentes and different white supremacists.

“Musk alone has constructed again extremist infrastructure and entry to the mainstream. No different giant social media website has carried out this,” tweeted Elad Nehorai, a author on extremism and antisemitism.

“Elon Musk reinstated the Twitter account of Nick Fuentes, who’s a white Supremacist infamous for denying the Holocaust and peddling Antisemitism. The venom he spews belongs nowhere on Twitter,” stated Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-New York).

“Musk’s reinstatement of Fuentes legitimizes all of the vicious rubbish the Nazi has spewed, and primarily returns to him an enormous avenue to unfold it additional,” wrote Prem Thakker, affiliate author at The New Republic, including that “the hazard of Fuentes’s return can’t be overstated.”