A white nationalist internet star named Nicholas Fuentes recently suggested killing state legislators who planned to certify Joe Biden's presidential victory, the Daily Dot has reported.
Fuentes, who first rose to prominence as a Youtuber before his channel was terminated "due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy prohibiting hate speech," made the comment while broadcasting on DLive, a live streaming platform where he peddles his views to all his followers, a loose band of internet fans that he has dubbed his "Groyper Army".
"Why, because we had no leverage, what are we going to do? What can you and I do to a state legislator, besides kill them?"
Immediately after suggesting that violence was the only true recourse to motivate the behavior of government officials, Fuentes walked back the comment.
And then, after backtracking, he flip flopped again, again suggesting that violence was the only possible means of leverage.
"Although we should not do that. I am not advising that, but I mean, what else can you do, right?"
Fuentes' alarming comment was first flagged and tweeted by Megan Squire, who, as Daily Dot confirmed, is a professor at Elon University studying extremism.
Squire made sure to note that Fuentes, along with other white nationalists who broadcast on DLive, made money during the broadcast.
White supremacist and Trump apologist Nick Fuentes encourages his viewers to kill legislators in his stream last ni… https://t.co/uMqTrBbiaz— megan squire (@megan squire)1609860460.0
Fuentes' comment came amid a broad effort to deligitimize Biden's victory.
Although Donald Trump has lost 59 legal attempts to change the results of the Presidential Election that he lost, he and his supporters have continued to make a fuss for about two months.
From the recent "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, DC to Trump's already infamous phone call to Georgia's Secretary of State, Trump and his base are clearly leaving no stone un-turned as they scour for any possible means to overturn Joe Biden's victory—which the Electoral College has already formally certified.
Twitter users were outraged and horrified by Fuentes' comments.
@MeganSquire0 @Stonekettle Is *this* sedition, or is this still not "imminent" enough for some of yall Does someon… https://t.co/zwOJ8Gim0v— The Boogie Man 🕺🔥🌍💦💀 (@The Boogie Man 🕺🔥🌍💦💀)1609861834.0
@MeganSquire0 @Stonekettle Is nothing illegal anymore???— Donald Trump's Virus 🦠 (@Donald Trump's Virus 🦠)1609861537.0
@MeganSquire0 Don’t leave your children alone with this man— WakeUpAndResist ✍🏼 (@WakeUpAndResist ✍🏼)1609877382.0
One person even broke out DLive's official code of conduct, which they felt Fuentes had clearly violated.
@MeganSquire0 Hey @OfficialDLive what are you going to do about this breach of your ToS and guidelines? Section 1.1… https://t.co/iTCrPBzV1o— Boomerish (@Boomerish)1609950294.0
On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the next President of the United States. We can expect many more broadcasts and polemics from the Trump base until that time—and probably afterwards too.