A group of right-wing and "dissident-right" activists have joined forces with neo-Nazis and others on the far right to attack conservatives who they believe are not true conservatives, both online and personal.
Sunday, for example, members of this group Donald Trump, heckled at an event in California. And conservative speakers have been plagued by "groypers" at events in Texas, Tennessee and Arizona as well.
This group, which calls itself "groyper army" – "groyper" is a reference to a meme by Pepe the Frog, itself a meme surpassed by the right ̵
This "groyper army" addresses what it has termed "Conservative Inc," a collective conversation of conservative speakers who pundits Ben Shapiro, Turning Point US founder Charlie Kirk, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, conservative writer Jonah Goldberg, and to and with Trump Jr., as well as conservative student organizations including Turning Point USA and Young Americans for Freedom.
In addition to the kind of heckling that Trump encounters, the network's tactics usually focus on asking speakers specific and very leading questions about Israel, immigration and LGBTQ questions in conservatism, hoping to get answers that reveal the speaker's " false conservatism . "" Real conservatism "is mainly defined as an emphasis on ethnic and racial characteristics as crucial factors for immigration combined with an isolationist foreign policy and a" traditional "approach to LGBTQ issues. These tactics have received support from some common right-wing sharpshooters advocating for extreme restrictions on immigration, such as Michelle Malkin.
In reality, "groyper army" is entirely right 2016 and 2017, overheated, re-archived and used new terminology aimed at separating away from the "optics" problem caused by the huge failure of 2017's Unite the Right Rally, which ended in the murder of a young woman. Its leaders and advocates are racists and deniers of the Holocaust, its message boards are growing rapsodically about the man who committed Christchurch mass shootings, and the questions it poses to conservative speakers are based on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and "white genocide" fear.
As one source told me after a Turning Point USA event obsessed with "groypers," "I didn't know there were so many racists out there."
The groyper army at work
Over the weekend, "Groyper Army" targeted Turning Point USA events, one with Donald Trump Jr. at UCLA and another with ropes. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) at Arizona State.
According to a source, the previous incident was intended to be a brief interview conducted by Kirk, followed by a book signing of Trump Jr.'s new book Triggered.
But the groyper army, which made up about a third of the audience, overwhelmed Trump, Jr. and Trump campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, shouting loudly and demanding a question & question session (the video above was from the Twitter account of a "groyper army" supporter.)
Rep. Dan Crenshaw was another target for the groyper army this weekend. At an event in Arizona State entitled "Prove Me Wrong ft. Congressman Dan Crenshaw," in which Crenshaw answered questions from an audience, Crenshaw was asked a series of questions he later told me via email was about "almost exclusively about Israel . "  "The basic nature of their questions was to ask a question that at first seems a legitimate policy distinction, perfectly debatable," Crenshaw told me. "But what then becomes clear – and there are tips along the way – the motivations are deeper and darker than their original question suggested."
One of these issues is focused on the USS Liberty. As BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall outlined in 2018:
USS Liberty is a dog pointer referring to a 1967 incident where Israeli forces fired the US spy, killing 34, during the Six Day War. In the aftermath, Israel said its pilots believed the ship was an Egyptian ship and apologized – the government eventually paid out $ 6.7 million in compensation to survivors and families to the dead. Ever since then, there have been unproven conspiracy theories about the circumstances that question whether the attack was intentional. Both the Israeli and US governments have said it was a mistaken identity.
The USS Liberty has now become an anti-Semitic meme, used to claim that the Israeli government is in fact an enemy of the United States and that the country would not receive US funding. And members of the groyper army have been invited online to ask TPUSA speakers about USS Liberty and other anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, as well as the "dancing Israelis", who claim Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks and five Israeli citizens "Danced" in the celebration while looking at them.
They ask these questions with the hope of creating viral content in the answers like this video, of an October 21 Turning Point USA event at Grand Canyon University.
According to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, discouraging speakers from simply calling out specific conspiracy theories is good enough. It invites readers attending Turning Point USA events who fail in their attempts to ask questions, "When you are pulled out [by security] yell" GOOGLE THE USS LIBERTY "or" GOOGLE DANCING ISRAELIS "or" AMERICA FIRST NOT ISRAEL FIRST "or only "NICK FUENTES."
Nick Fuentes and "America First"
The groyper army is led, in part or at least symbolically, by Nick Fuentes, a 22- former Conservative radio host and Unite the Right contestant hosting a YouTube show called "America First."
A former ally of White Nationalist Richard Spencer and a friend of White Nationalists such as Patrick Casey and Vincent Foxx , Fuentes has tried to conceal his views by arguing to the Telegram messaging service that "America First" is a "traditionalist, Christian, conservative, reformist, American nationalist" movement while the alt-right was "racist" and "transnational. "
But this is pure semantics, because Fuentes is a white nationalist and engaged antisemit who referred to Daily Wire author Matt Walsh as a" shabbos goy race traitor "for condemning El Paso, Texas, the gunman who killed more than 20 people in August. Indeed, in an interview with a French Canadian white nationalist, Fuentes said that the only reason he did not call himself a white nationalist is that "that kind of terminology is used almost exclusively by the left to translate."
"In a way it is almost superfluous that you are a" white "nationalist. We know that the word" nation "almost implicitly speaks of ethnicity and biology," Fuentes said.
In a series of videos that were deleted from his YouTube account at the end of October, Fuentes (with a thin veil of metaphor referring to black Americans as "whiteboards" and white Americans as "whiteboards") claims that "America First is not America First if it's not 100 percent whiteboard" and that he is a whiteboard nationalist. "
In another video, he advocates segregation and Jim Crow arguing" even if it was bad, who cares? "He also described one of Koch's brothers as" an enemy of the white race "and his reaction to the El Paso shooting was to say," The easiest way for Mexicans not to get shot in Wal-Mart is not to fuck being here . "
In September, Turning Point USA – which has previously faced allegations of racist behavior – struck a tie with a brand ambassador, Ashley St. Clair, who was photographed with Fuentes and in October Fuentes was prevented from accessing an event at Politicon, the annual non-partisan political conference, which featured Turning Point US founder Charlie Kirk.
A source told me that it was the organization's decision to cut ties with St. Clair, who led Fuente's struggle with the organization and to a large number of departures from chapters from members more adapted to Fuente's worldview. In fact, a source told me that Turning Point USA decided to dissolve a chapter in the organization at Kansas State University and said, "Turning Point has a very specific big tent message" that Fuentes and his followers are not part of. He said the organization largely greeted the departures with "don't let the door hit you."
But he added that Fuentes is not trying to remove just Turning Point USA: "He wants to burn down Conservative Inc."
The War on Campus Conservatism
The battle for the groyper army is not just about college campuses. the future of conservatism, and what that future should look like when it groyper the army trying to make itself, as Ben Shapiro put it in a speech focused on right-to-right last week, "the heirs of conservatism."
And yes, that future starts at College campuses have long been where conservative groups and conservative concepts began, from young Americans for freedom and the Sharon statement in the 1960s to "trigger the libs" style in TPUSA.
In principle, there are two ways.  To Rep. Crenshaw, "Conservative principles are not exclusive, and I believe the Republican Party must continue to grow." But in Fuente's view, it's not true – conservatism n must be white, christian and heterosexual. As he posted on his Telegram account, “America is NOT a propositional nation. We have NO ALLEGIANS to Israel. We are CHRISTIANS and we do not promote degeneration. Demographic compensation is REAL and it will be disastrous. "
And Fuentes and his army believe that they are the real conservatives and the real heirs of conservatism, the last real defenders of what they see Trumpism actually stands against the" unelected face of Trumpism "in Kirk and other testimonies. While Charlie Kirk and others enjoy close ties to the White House, Fuentes and the army group believe he and similar people are betraying Trump by allowing LGBTQ conservatives within the movement and advocating for legal immigration.
Or, as neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, editor of the Daily Stormer, puts it, "We want Donald Trump to do what he said he would do. … Kirk and all these other shills and Jews are traitors to the revolution. They have joined Trump to push a big money corporist, gay, Zionist, globalist agenda. "
President Trump's agenda has from the outset been subverted by people in his White House or inner circle who do not vote for him, are not loyal to him, and do not actively oppose his politics.
They are the globalist GOP swamp trying to withdraw their party from Trump and his voters!
– Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) November 10, 2019
In a statement, Young American for Freedom spokesman Spencer Brown mentioned that his organization sees the groups the army is working to "promote disgusting opinions. which are antithetical to conservatism's fundamental belief in holiness and equality for each individual. "
But to Fuentes and his groper army, that's exactly the problem.