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Friday, November 29, 2019 

Malkin lost her mind

It's very sad when an alleged right-winger ignores what appears to be a very dark side of another supposed right-winger, to the point they won't even acknowledge what's wrong with a certain "representative" or explain why they think we're mistaken, nor clearly argue that the accusations are mistaken.

Case in point: Michelle Malkin, a right-wing columnist I used to read in the past decade, who's gone out of her way and mind to support Nick Fuentes, a video filmer on YouTube with a record of antisemitism and even disrupting conservative-leaning events, which has since led to her dismissal from YAF:
The conservative Young America’s Foundation has cut ties with right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin over her support for anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

“Michelle Malkin in no longer part of YAF’s campus lecture program,” a YAF spokesperson told The Daily Beast.

Since last month, Fuentes and his followers, who call themselves “groypers”—a reference to the cartoon toad that is similar to the alt-right Pepe the Frog—have interrupted conservative events on college campuses, including ones hosted by YAF and pro-Trump group Turning Point USA. The hecklers usually ask speakers about U.S. support for Israel and immigration as a way to push their anti-Semitic agenda into mainstream conservatism.

Malkin has praised Fuentes as “one of the New Right leaders.”

Fuentes has a history of both anti-Semitic remarks and social-media posts.

On Sunday, YAF released a statement, apparently targeting Fuentes and his group.

“YAF gives a platform to a broad range of speakers with a range of views within the mainstream of conservative thought. Immigration is a vital issue that deserves robust debate,” said the organization. “But there is no room in mainstream conservatism or at YAF for [H]olocaust deniers, white nationalists, street brawlers or racists.”
I would recommend making a case that there's no room for such filth even in non-mainstream conservatism. This Fuentes sounds reminiscent of Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was certainly described as "far right", and while that may not have been the case, he certainly didn't seem to have a problem with the description, if that's what it took to undermine France's opposition to Islamofascism. If even half of what's been told about Fuentes is correct, he is clearly some kind of bizarre infiltrator who's causing trouble for right-wing sources, maybe even more so than for left-wingers. His description of the following he has as "groypers" sounds unpleasantly like an allusion to sex offenders, and in light of his background, that's one more reason why Fuentes sounds like such a repellent persona. Here's more from the Jerusalem Post, where it's revealed Malkin even attacked Ben Shapiro:
Fuentes took part in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, praising what he called a "tidal wave of white identity" following the event. He has also used his Internet video show, America First, to deny the Holocaust and call for a return to racial segregation. "Even if it was bad, who cares?" he said of Jim Crow laws, adding that "it was better for them; it’s better for us.”

Despite this, Malkin has praised Fuentes, whom she named in a recent speech as "one of the New Right leaders," before calling on establishment conservatives to engage with them.

She laid the full extent of her support out in a speech for the YAF delivered on November 14, which she addressed to "the young men and women of this country who identify as America First conservatives."

She continued: "Another YAF speaker, Ben Shapiro, repeatedly denigrated an entire movement of young men who watch a YouTuber named Nick Fuentes, and are seeking answers to tough questions about where America is headed as masturbating losers in their basements who share memes. As a mom with brilliant right-thinking kids who, yes, live in my basement – and, yes, share memes – I found these obsessive references to young people’s dating lives and habits, by prominent conservative media personalities much older than their targets, to be tellingly defensive and touchy. Also: creepy.

"I will not be using my platform and my position to insult you, marginalize you, and shout you down."

YAF's tolerance toward Malkin appeared to have run out three days later, when they tweeted a statement distancing themselves from her views without mentioning her by name.
And that makes Malkin's alarming support for Fuentes an embarrassment, suggesting somebody who was once thought to be a fine rightist lost her moral compass ever since, to the point where she even attacked Shapiro over his opposition to Fuentes. Let's be clear: whether he lives in the basement isn't the issue. There's plenty of basement-dwellers who're far from twisted like he is.

Here's a column she wrote on The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) where she doesn't actually address the accusations against this Fuentes character:
After delivering two speeches at Lock Haven University and UCLA on the important battle between grassroots “America first” activists and big business, open borders Republicans, YAF issued a statement this weekend, asserting: “There is no room in mainstream conservatism or at YAF for holocaust deniers, white nationalists, street brawlers, or racists.”

Yes, my friends, they were talking about me.

Both the open borders left and right don’t want to address immigration-induced demographics. They just want to demagogue, while joining together in D.C. to push expanded guest-worker pipelines (S.B. 386), agribusiness amnesties (H.R. 4916), and massive “Dreamer” work permits (H.R. 6).

Employing the very witch-hunt tactics of the left that so many conservative pundits purport to abhor, YAF and others (including Jonah Goldberg, David French, various snot-nosed libertarians from the Washington Examiner and elsewhere) demand that I disavow the young nationalist disrupters who have captured social media attention over the past three weeks. Don’t rely on slanted summaries of what they’ve said and done. Go to the original sources, as I have done in communicating with many of these earnest students who think for themselves.

Because I named their chief strategist and organizer, 21-year-old YouTube show host Nick Fuentes, I was accused of promoting “Holocaust denialism” and “white nationalism” based on brief clips of Fuentes accumulated by anonymous sources culled from 500 of his hours-long shows. I have done no such thing. The rabid reaction pearl-clutching Beltway elites are having to a kid in his basement exposes how desperate they are to protect the “America last” racket.
Let me see if I have this right. Because his video commentaries supposedly didn't put antisemitism and Holocaust denial front and center, this somehow excuses his backwards positions on the Jewish community? I'm sorry, this just won't do. Nor will it help to make it sound as though "disrupters" isn't a bad thing, when his followers engaged in heckling YAF speakers.

According to this info on the Wash. Examiner:
Fuentes, of course, has gleefully compared Jews murdered in the Holocaust to cookies baking in an oven, waves a knife around when Jews are mentioned on his live stream, and just launched a full-throated defense of Jim Crow and segregation. This is who Malkin refuses to condemn.
It gets worse, as seen in the following:

Ugh. This just too much. Jen Kuznicki has more on the alarming downfall of Malkin. It's devastating, though it does remind me that she may have supported the negative accusations against AIPAC members Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman in the mid-2000s, whose terrible experiences can be read about here. So maybe this isn't so startling at all? What it does suggest is a reprehensible double-standard of the Orwellian kind, and that's very sad.

So since discovering this, I feel really disgusted, and have removed Malkin's site from my list of external links. I just can't take this anymore. It's very sad when people like Malkin lose their sense of responsibility even more than they may already have, and here we see the tragic layout before us. I won't say it's impossible she could redeem herself, but frankly, I'm not holding my breath to see if she will. These things take a very long time to determine.

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