A lot of backstory is coming out about Trump Junior and his mistress getting booed off the stage at his own book launch on Sunday afternoon.
Their fringe-right hecklers, who call themselves “Groypers” in a nod to an obese alt-right cartoon toad that’s like Pepe the Frog but more racist, notched another win in their new battle against mainstream conservatives. “What a HUGE victory today,” 22-year-old white nationalist Nick Fuentes wrote on encrypted messaging app Telegram after the event. “Cannot be understated what an incredible win we saw at UCLA.”
Whether he knew it or not, Trump Jr. had walked straight into a right-wing civil war that pits Fuentes and his allies against more mainstream conservative stars, including Kirk, podcaster Ben Shapiro, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). Fuentes, who marched in the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and has made remarks denying the Holocaust, has encouraged his far-right fans to confront conservative figures at Q&A sessions across the country since October.
As you’ll see at the link, this “Alt-Right 2.0” attack on relatively mainstream GOP figures like Junior is national in scope and has divided the wingnut-o-sphere, with major figures such as Alex Jones, Sebastian Gorka, Ann Coulter, and Michelle Malkin making alliances with different sides. Infighting is funny, y’all.