The Daily Beast referred to the “groypers,” an alt-right racist neo-Nazi-style group that has supplanted “Pepe” on Twitter as at the center of a “growing conservative civil war centered on college campuses.” I am pretty sure they have it wrong, as one side here is not conservative.
Nick Fuentes spouts anti-Semitic, racist, Holocaust-denials on his little-watched Internet video platform (follow the link, I won’t feature it here). He sends out his minions to disrupt the Q&A sessions at Turning Point USA and YAF speakers on campus, asking them leading questions leading to their own warped politics.
The silver lining here, of course, is that this small infected wart on the backside of the college speaker circuit is exposing actual racists and grifters, and forcing people to choose sides.
Charlie Kirk runs TPUSA. His schtick has been to defend conservatism in some kind of relatable way, threading the needle between full-Trumpist and college kids. But his grift is bringing in the cash playing buzzword bingo, and frequently he was caught off guard with no idea how to handle “groyper” questioners. Finally, Kirk had enough. My colleague Peter Heck covered this very well.
But conservative commentator Michelle Malkin took the other side, meaning she’s not conservative, even by Kirk’s definition. As a speaker for YAF, Malkin departed from conservative ideals, defending a white supremacist and open racist. She no longer deserves to represent those ideals on campus, in ink, on television, or anywhere else.
Every conservative needs to make a choice right now. There can be room for diversity and “big tent” politics in the conservative movement. You can be a border squish or a dove on use of military force, or a hawk on both and still have defensible positions. But you can’t be a race-identitarian, a Holocaust-denier, or an anti-Semite. You can’t defend one either.