Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers is a superfan of white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes
Commentator Nick Fuentes is a Holocaust denier who opposes interracial marriages, supports racial segregation, and has encouraged violence against his perceived political opponents. One of Fuentes’ biggest fans is Arizona Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers, who has said that she loves him, compared receiving a compliment from him to receiving “knighthood,” and urged her followers to “listen to” Fuentes because he is “exposing the truth.”
Last week, the congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection subpoenaed Fuentes’ records and asked him to “appear for a deposition on February 9, 2022.”
Rogers, a Republican who represents Arizona Legislative District 6 in the Arizona Senate, spends much of her time falsely claiming that the 2020 election was rigged. Unsurprisingly, Rogers appeared at a recent rally for former President Donald Trump, who said that the state senator is “so great.”
The Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts recently wrote that Rogers “has used the audit to become a national rock star on the far right, traveling the country stumping for Republican candidates and calling for audits in all 50 states. And stuffing her pockets with campaign cash all along the way.”
Rogers has appeared on numerous right-wing networks and programs, including on Real America’s Voice, One America News, and Steve Bannon’s show. The state senator has also made appearances on the antisemitic TruNews network and on QAnon programs (Rogers has demonstrated support for the QAnon conspiracy theory).
Fuentes, for his part, has said that “we want children to be happy and not on drugs, and that’s why we opposed mixed marriages”; claimed that Jim Crow-era segregation “was better for” Black people; and used the N-word on his broadcasts. He has frequently made antisemitic remarks, including denying the Holocaust. The commentator has repeatedly used violent rhetoric, including calling for the killing of journalists and asking shortly before the January 6 insurrection: “Why, because we had no leverage, what are we going to do? What can you and I do to a state legislator, besides kill them? … Although we should not do that. I am not advising that, but I mean, what else can you do, right?”
Rogers herself has used and embraced white nationalist and violent rhetoric. She recently wrote on Gab, "More gallows needed" and "More rope and less inflation." Moreover, Rogers has publicly stated that she is a member of the Oath Keepers, the right-wing militia that has a history of using violence.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who also has a history of backing extremist media figures, has supported Fuentes as well.
Here are 10 examples of Rogers praising or supporting Fuentes in recent months.