Defending the Free Speech of Attention-Whore Nick Fuentes

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By Quentin Choy

July 10, 2021

I don’t want to this, but I must.

Twitter announced its decision to ban white nationalist and attention-whore Nick Fuentes. He is a 22-year-old white nationalist who recently stormed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas.

He and some supporters marched in, chanting “America first” and “white boy summer,” trying to get a response from those at the conference.

Fuentes attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and praised the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.

In Nick Fuentes’ world, January 6th was “awesome.”

Fuentes stormed CPAC to allegedly put pressure on conservatives he viewed as being too mainstream. According to Newsweek, he commented that “it is America. Well, I’m an American and I’ve been canceled so I think I’m going into CPAC.”

Some of you reading this might be troubled by my use of the term “attention-whore” to describe Fuentes, but if you watch this video posted to Twitter, you’ll understand what I mean.

The guy just wants to shout and offend as many people as possible. He’s basically a 2021 version of Milo Yiannopoulos.

Despite Fuentes’ obviously racist and bigoted views, I must defend his right to espouse his racism. Under the First Amendment, Fuentes has the right to be as racist as he wants to be.

2015 was the year I became interested in politics, and at that time Milo Yiannopoulos was the most offensive right-winger out there.

However, Fuentes shouldn’t be surprised were an offended person to start yelling back at him and shouting, as that is just their own First Amendment right at play.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Fuentes has cited U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) as a supporter of his movement. Gosar attended a conference as the keynote speaker held by Fuentes’ organization.

Representative Paul Gosar was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Nick Fuentes’ organization.

While I despise Nick Fuentes and his attention-seeking beliefs, I must defend his right to free speech.

Although his ban from Twitter and other apps is within their rights as private companies, it shouldn’t be up to these companies to regulate the speech of Americans.

As Fuentes will undoubtedly become a martyr for right-wing cancel culture, it is the left’s responsibility to advocate for his free speech rights no matter how egregious either he or his views are.

The fight for free speech is a principled one, and it knows no political party.

If you are truly an advocate of free speech, you must defend it even if it’s against someone you find repulsive. No matter how odious of views someone has, their right to speak those views must be defended to protect free speech as a principle.

Calls for censorship from either side will only lead to an erosion of free speech. Censorship will only increase, consuming any “problematic” ideologies that lie outside of the political mainstream.

It’s easy to defend speech that you agree with.

But defending speech like this…now that’s the hard fight.

Quentin Choy, creator of <em>WeTheCommoners Blog</em>
Quentin Choy, creator of WeTheCommoners Blog

Quentin is a student of Political Science. He became interested in history and politics in 2015 watching the Republican and Democratic primaries as well as the 2016 General Election.

He is from Hawaii and currently attends school in Colorado.

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