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Nick Fuentes trying to bicker with Ben Shapiro riles up the internet (updated)

Some criticized Fuentes for 'heckling' Shapiro with his family by his side, while others accused Shapiro of using his family as a 'human meat shield.'

Dec 21, 2019, 7:37 pm*

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Zachary Petrizzo 

Zachary Petrizzo

As President Donald Trump makes his way to southern Florida to spend his holidays at Mar-a-Lago, he will stop to give a speech where conservative ideologies are currently clashing.

Trump will speak at Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) Student Action Summit, where over 2,000 conservative student activists have gathered to hear from Trumpworld personalities and grifters alike.

Followers of Nicholas Fuentes, a white nationalist and Holocaust denier, who refer to themselves as “groypers,” have also descended into West Palm Beach, concurrent with Charlie Kirk’s summit.

The feud between TPUSA and the “American First Groypers” has been ongoing for months now. Far-right students took aim at Kirk for not having conservative enough principles in their opinion.

The students, groypers following Fuentes, would frequently ask racist and homophobic questions directed at conservatives speakers, like Kirk, who spoke on college campuses across the country.

After the groypers heckled a variety of speakers for months, conservative mouthpiece Ben Shapiro addressed their grievances by giving a speech at Stanford University, where he denounced Fuentes and groypers.

The conflict came to a head this week in Palm Beach. Fuentes was kicked out of the TPUSA conference venue and then supposedly returned to the convention center in disguise just a day after.

Update 7:37pm CT, Dec. 21: Fuentes returned to the venue again on Saturday night. He was cited for trespassing. 

On Friday, Fuentes was speaking to a group outside the venue when a bystander pointed out that Shapiro was crossing the street.

Fuentes then crossed the road to try and bicker with Shapiro, who was with his family.

The interaction was posted to Twitter by controversial, self-proclaimed journalist Andy Ngo.

“Neo-nazi holocaust denier Nick Fuentes accosts far-right propagandist Ben Shapiro in video by white nationalist provocateur Andy Ngo. The ultimate far-right grifter human centipede,” Nathan Bernard tweeted.

Many criticized Fuentes for “heckling” Shapiro with his family by his side. While Fuentes supporters accused Shapiro of using his family as a “human meat shield,” as some dubbed it.

“It’s great to see you. Why did you give a 45-minute speech about me at Stanford? And you wouldn’t even look at my direction,” Fuentes yells at Shapiro while crossing the street.

Shapiro doesn’t respond to Fuentes’ remarks.

“That’s our free speech warrior,” Fuentes states.

 

It was alleged that anyone who spoke to Fuentes was barred from the conference and their event credentials revoked.

When asked about students being tossed from the venue on Friday, a spokesperson from the City of West Palm Beach Police Department told the Daily Dot to “have a great day.”

The spokesperson also declined to answer inquiries regarding TPUSA paying the department for its security services at the event and directed the Daily Dot to contact the U.S. Secret Service.

The Daily Dot has been unable to reach the secret service.

Kirk, TPUSA spokespeople, and TPUSA CCO Benny Johnson did not respond to multiple of the Daily Dot’s requests for comment.

The Daily Dot has also reached out to Fuentes and Shapiro.

Trump is set to speak to the crowd of conservative activists at 5pm local time on Saturday.

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2019, 3:48 pm