White nationalist activist Nick Fuentes has been in the national news following Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) decision to speak at a recent event he hosted. Lesser known about Fuentes’ influence within the far-right is his association with Alex Jones’ Infowars platform, which streams and makes available for playback Fuentes’ broadcasts, and which has often hosted him as a guest on various shows.
While Jones is best known as a conspiracy theorist – perhaps most notably in recent years for his lies claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a “hoax” – he has also frequently espoused racist and antisemitic commentary.
Fittingly, Jones’ online platform, Banned.video, streams and promotes Fuentes’ weekday broadcast, America First:
Some of Fuentes’ videos have purportedly been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Jones’ platform.
In addition to his Banned.video platform, Fuentes, who has been banned from most major social media platforms because of his advocacy for white nationalism, has been broadcasting his show from a website he runs, called Cozy.tv. He has described that website as a place for people who are “anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-Black, antisemitic.”
During the past week, Fuentes has received attention over an event he held on February 25 in Orlando, FL, largely because of Rep. Greene’s speech. Other elected Republican officials also spoke, including Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, videos of which are currently featured at Alex Jones’ streaming platform.
Rep. Greene herself recently appeared on an Infowars broadcast with Alex Jones, during which she advocated for violence against trans people.
Banned.video has featured content from Fuentes dating back to May 2021. During his most recent appearance on The Alex Jones Show in January, Fuentes criticized a subpoena he received from the congressional committee investigating the attempted January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Jones himself has been compelled to testify before the committee, and two of his Infowars employees are facing criminal charges over their actions on January 6.)
Jones has said to Fuentes, “I love what you’re doing.” For his part, Fuentes has said that he always tells his followers to visit Jones’ streaming platform. At the end of a November 2021 appearance Fuentes made on The Alex Jones Jones Show, Jones said, “They don’t like Nick Fuentes because he’s smart, he’s talented, and he cares about this country and freedom, and that’s why you should check him out and share all of his links, as well.”
During Fuentes' speech at his February 25 event -- which can be viewed on Jones' streaming platform -- he called the January 6 attack “awesome,” praised Hitler during a defense of Vladimir Putin, and asked the gathered crowd to recognize the attendance of notorious white nationalists Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow.
A March 3 clip uploaded to Banned.video uses part of Fuentes’ speech at his recent white nationalist gathering to attempt to rebrand January 6 as “Patriot Day,” because, as Fuentes said in his remarks, “I’d like to believe that Americans still have the heart, and still have the guts, and the balls to do something like they did on January 6.”