Nick Fuentes, Live Streamer and White Nationalist, Suspended From Twitter

Far-right political commentator Nick Fuentes was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday.

A spokesperson from Twitter told Newsweek that the move was made due to "repeated violations" of the company's rules.

The controversial figure has described himself in the past as an "American nationalist" and a "paleo-conservative," though others have condemned remarks he has made as racist and antisemitic.

In February of 2020, Fuentes' YouTube channel was permanently removed due to what the company cited as "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy prohibiting hate speech."

Prior to his removal from YouTube and now Twitter, Fuentes was banned from Twitch and Reddit. Fuentes has said he has also lost access at times to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Clubhouse and other platforms and consumer services.

Nick Fuentes in 2016
Conservative commentator Nick Fuentes was banned from Twitter on Friday. In this photo, he is pictured during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 9, 2016. WILLIAM EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Over the years, Fuentes has made statements denying the Holocaust occurred (he later said he was kidding), spoken out against interracial marriage, opposed immigration, and suggested segregation wasn't bad.

In 2017, Fuentes attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a young woman was run over and killed by a neo-Nazi. Fuentes described the event as "incredible" on Facebook. He also wrote that "a tidal wave of white identity is coming...once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us."

Many members of a loosely associated group of white nationalists who call themselves Groypers are said to be followers of Fuentes. The group is known for various types of hate rhetoric and for targeting other conservatives they deem to be too moderate.

Fuentes has drawn attention recently for praising the January 6 Capitol riot. In a video he posted online, he said, "I thought the Capitol [riot] was awesome. It was awesome! And so was Trump. And Trump was awesome because he was racist. Trump was awesome because he was sexist."

"The only thing Trump wasn't awesome for was being antisemitic; he wasn't antisemitic," Fuentes added. "But the rest was awesome. And people have got to get racist."

Fuentes also made headlines recently after an announcement was sent out claiming he will host a fundraiser with GOP Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona. Gosar later denied he was going to attend a fundraiser with Fuentes, despite the invitation featuring a photo of the two of them. The congressman previously attended events with Fuentes.

Twitter comments regarding Fuentes' suspension have ranged from supporting him, or at least his right to free speech, to people celebrating his removal.

On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League posted a lengthy story on Fuentes. It details several instances of his most controversial statements, including conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19. Many Twitter users noted the timing of its publication and his suspension from the service.

Updated 07/09/21, 3:28 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with more background information on Fuentes.