Paul Gosar's Fave White Nationalist Will Be Really Hurt If You Say He's Not A Real Incel
In December of last year, Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist leader of the Groyper Army and darling of GOP officials Paul Gosar and Wendy Rogers, announced on "You Are Here," a rightwing chat show hosted by Glenn Beck's The Blaze, that he had never had a girlfriend.
This came as a surprise to absolutely no one who is somewhat aware of his existence, and also to anyone listening to the show at that time — during which the 23-year-old said that women shouldn't be allowed to vote and described the Taliban's treatment of women as "ideal."
\u201chave you been in a relationship with a woman?\u201d\n\u201cno\u201dpic.twitter.com/DpUFpy9QJV— hannah gais (@hannah gais) 1638684147
By the time January rolled around, Fuentes was describing himself as a "proud incel," saying that he was choosing to "be an historical figure" over having relationships with women — adding that he might get married at some point, but would still be an "incel."
Now Fuentes is getting into slapfights with other self-identified incels who say he is a "fakecel" or a "volcel" (voluntary celibate) because he admitted to having kissed a girl in high school.
After admitting he once kissed a girl in high school, the Groypers in Nick Fuentes' superchat taunted him for being a "fakecel." He got defensive, invoked Hitler, & insisted that he doesn't want a relationship: "All I want is revenge against my enemies and a total Aryan victory."pic.twitter.com/lsM8A5z4eH— Right Wing Watch (@Right Wing Watch) 1644254656
During his "America First" show, Fuentes explained that he doesn't want a relationship, because all he wants is "revenge against my enemies and a total Aryan victory," and criticized those calling him a "fakecel" by saying they would tell Hitler he too was a "fakecel."
Of course, "incels" are "involuntarily" celibate. They want relationships and/or sex but don't have them, frequently because of how they are repulsive assholes who spend their lives posting unbelievably misogynistic — and often racist — nonsense on message boards with other men who hate women. Fuentes is also repulsive, misogynistic, and racist, and it seems highly likely that were he to pursue dating, he would not have many takers. But he also doesn't want to date and claims he is "involuntarily celibate" because his lack of desire to have a sexual or romantic relationship with a woman is something he was born with. Which is not what that means.
Some of us might describe this as something else entirely — either aromantic or asexual or both or something else involving not wanting to have sexual or romantic relationships with women. But Fuentes is a bigot who likely just wants to align himself with an extreme misogynist movement best known for the number of times its adherents have committed mass murder. Perhaps there needs to be a new term, for both Fuentes and all the Men Going Their Own Way out there, in which there is mutual agreement between a particularly repulsive man and the entire world population of women that neither want anything to do with one another.
Of course, there are always exceptions. Like Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican (obviously) who swooned hard last month when Fuentes called her "based," a term Fuentes has explicitly said means that someone is "racist, sexist, anti-Semitic."
To everyone who thinks they are BASED. I am officially based because Nick Fuentes said I am based. It is like knighthood. You have to get it from the originator. Also, people who use the word based outside of its original context are grifting and fakers.— Wendy Rogers (@Wendy Rogers) 1639592961
Also, late last month, Rep. Paul Gosar, who held at least two fundraising events with Fuentes last year, defended Fuentes on Gab, writing, "The phony January 6th Committee's partisan witch-hunt continues as they have now set their sights on young conservative Christians like Nick Fuentes. This is pure political persecution and it has to stop."
Just look at how thrilled these upstanding Republican members of Congress are to be associated with someone who says they can't be in a relationship with anything other than "total Aryan victory."
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