Donald Trump Declared 'Rightful King' of US by White Nationalist
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By: Anna Skinner (Newsweek)
Far-right activist Nick Fuentes voiced his support for Donald Trump by swearing allegiance to the former president in a video circulating on social media.
Trump, who surrendered at Atlanta's Fulton County Jail on Thursday after being indicted on 13 counts over allegations that he broke the law attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election result in Georgia, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, describing the case against him as a politically motivated witch hunt.
Trump's arrest has done little to dissuade his enthusiastic supporters, including Fuentes, who recently said that Trump was the "rightful king" of America.
Fuentes—described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist livestreamer who advocates pulling the Republican Party further to the extreme far-right end of the political spectrum—has had a rocky relationship with Trump.
Boston University student Nick Fuentes, 18, of Chicago, a supporter of then-President Donald Trump, during a rally at the school against Trump's order that restricted travel to the U.S. on January 30, 2017. Fuentes recently pledged allegiance to Trump, calling him the "rightful king of America." Christopher Evans/Boston Herald/Getty
Prior to November 2022, Fuentes was a vocal MAGA supporter who often spoke in favor of Trump and has criticized mainstream Republicans. The Holocaust denier attended a dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in November with rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, along with two other men.
Trump later said he had no idea who Fuentes was amid criticism that Trump was dining with a white supremacist. After the dinner, Fuentes questioned what Trump would be able to offer conservative Americans if he was elected president in 2024.
But now it seems Fuentes is back on Trump's side.
"I swear allegiance to Donald Trump. Forget the Constitution. I swear allegiance to Donald Trump. I swear allegiance to America. And I swear allegiance to God and Jesus Christ," Fuentes said in a video that was later shared to X, formerly Twitter, by account Right Wing Watch. "That's our pledge. That's our oath."
In the wake of Trump's arrest, antisemitic Christian fascist white nationalist Nick Fuentes pledges his allegiance: "Forget the Constitution, I swear allegiance to Donald Trump ... Long live the rightful king of America." pic.twitter.com/XodOWsqvLW
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 25, 2023
Fuentes is holding up his right hand while he swears allegiance to Trump. Later in the video, Fuentes, with his hand lowered, continues his monologue in support of Trump.
"Long live the president. Long live the rightful king of America," Fuentes said. "We salute you—our leader, our hero. God bless you. Pray for our president. Our real president."
Newsweek reached out to Trump's campaign by email for comment.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2023
Fuentes is selling merchandise, including a T-shirt with a print of Trump's mugshot from Thursday's arrest. He also called attention to Trump's first social media post on X, formerly Twitter, since 2021. The post to Trump's account included the former president's mugshot with the words "ELECTION INTERFERENCE! NEVER SURRENDER!"
Fuentes also shared several photos to Telegram that appeared to mock Trump, including one that compared his mugshot to an image of an apple with a face superimposed on it and an image of the mugshot with cartoon hands below Trump's chin.
Trump's mugshot sparked an avalanche of jokes and memes, including some supporting him.