The now infamous Charlottesville, Virginia rally that garnered massive media attention and endless media overhype led to a number of attendees being affected in their day-to-day lives.
Rising conservative star, college student, and former host of Right Side Broadcasting’s “America First” Nicholas J. Fuentes felt that reality firsthand after receiving over 15 death threats via email and social media. Following the death threats, Fuentes will not be returning to Boston University in the fall, but hopes this time will allow him to grow his presence within the conservative political scene and lend his talents to the movement.
The Gateway Pundit spoke with Fuentes recently to get a sense, firsthand, of Charlottesville, campus culture, and the nature of media overhype.
Interviewer: First off, who are you? Where are you from?
Nicholas J. Fuentes: My name is Nicholas J. Fuentes, and I am a 19-year-old student. I am from West Suburban Chicago.
I: You recently have decided not to return to BU, why is that?
NJF: Since I arrived on campus at Boston University, I have been the subject of repeated death threats and harassment due to my outspoken conservative views. Although there were a variety of factors that influenced my decision, ultimately my experience in Boston and at Boston U in particular made me realize that I could not guarantee my physical safety on campus this year, so I decided to withdraw. And by the way, many people have been saying I’ve been playing the victim for saying this. I don’t expect any sympathy from the violent left, I’d just like to live somewhere where they aren’t trying to kill me.
I: Why did you attend the Charlottesville rally?
NJF: I didn’t go to Charlottesville with any group or to be a part of any group. I went to Charlottesville of my own accord to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue and to demonstrate against the scourge of multiculturalism and mass migration to the West. These are issues that have gone largely ignored by the mainstream media and so I felt it was important everybody who understands what’s going on in the country show up at Charlottesville to represent this cause. And you can already see the shameless and hasty acceleration by local governments of the removal of Confederate monuments in response to this demonstration because they know that what they’re doing is wrong. I’d like to think we brought light to this very important issue.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) August 20, 2017
I: Did you expect the rally to encourage the amount of violence that we all inevitably saw?
NJF: I very much expected this rally to be chaotic and possibly violent, in fact in my final episode of “America First”, which aired the Friday before the rally, I predicated exactly that. It is no surprise given the completely irresponsible normalization of political violence by the mainstream media that almost 2,000 armed left-wing terrorists came to “punch Nazis” that Saturday. Everyone at Buzzfeed laughed last January when Richard Spencer got punched in the face, but now that the left is reaping what they’ve sewn, it’s not so funny anymore.
I: Do you think the President aptly described the situation when he said “both sides” were to blame?
NJF: I believe the President showed really a great amount of courage and integrity when he said that there was responsibility on both sides shortly after the rally ended. I remember, myself, James Allsup and several others were watching his statement in our hotel after we had been evacuated from McIntyre Park in Virginia. We were all very anxious about what he would say, but the whole group erupted in loud cheers when he went off script and interjected with the “both sides” comment.
I: What do you think about the mass media’s take on Charlottesville?
NJF: Unsurprisingly, the fake news media continues to get it wrong when it comes to the emerging new right-wing under President Trump. Rather than acknowledge the plight of millions of Americans concerned with what they perceive to be, and justifiably so, a cultural genocide, the mainstream media took this opportunity to further exacerbate an already irreconcilable political divide. All we saw on the Sunday after the rally was pictures of the same guy – the only guy – carrying an unfortunate Nazi flag, in a rally of more than 1,000 people. He was the media’s centerpiece and that is horribly misleading of the nature of the event in general. Moreover, there was little, if any, coverage of the extreme violence perpetrated by Antifa and the downright illegal suppression of our freedom of assembly by the Charlottesville mayor and Virginia governor.
— TIME (@TIME) August 18, 2017
I: What are your thoughts on the way that the media overhypes events like the one that went down in Charlottesville?
NJF: Charlottesville is a perfect example of the how the mainstream media takes a movement like the Neo-Nazis, which would be lucky if they could draw a crowd of 15 on any given day in any major city, and makes it out like we’re practically on the verge of another Civil War. All day long the pundit class will wax dramatically about “polarization” in America, yet they willingly squandered a perfect opportunity to have a conversation with the other half of the country. They’d rather fear monger about a phantom KKK resurgence that always seems to be just around the corner but is never coming.
I: What is your experience with the media this past week? Have they painted you in a fair light after the countless interviews?
NJF: Some of the media has treated more fairly than others but overall my experience with the press has been terrible. Although I have repeatedly made it a point to condemn violence and white supremacy on the phone, it always ends up that these portions of my conversations conveniently never make it to print. This ought to be a lesson to conservatives across the country: no matter what you condemn or how vociferously you condemn it, that will never be sufficient for the left. I’ve learned not to waste my breath punching right at extremist movements that don’t exist but rather to focus the message on the vicious terrorism of the Alt-Left an its enabling from the media.
In 2017 it’s not enough that people simply disagree with you, now you must be prosecuted at school & work for wrong-think. https://t.co/udZTIYXa23
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) August 21, 2017
I: As a young student a person directly implicated in the events in Charlottesville, what would you like the general public to know about the incident that would otherwise go totally unmentioned?
NJF: I would like the general public to know that we are entering a very critical moment in our history. If we have the courage to speak up about what is happening to the country now, we may be able to reverse our course and save our nation. The silent majority knows what the rally at Charlottesville was really about. President Trump knows that this was not a “Neo-Nazi” rally. The issue at stake us whether or not we are going to allow the media to dictate to the people what is and is not acceptable to discuss or think about.
I: As far as campus culture is concerned, where do we currently sit as a nation as we head into the new school year?
NJF: The campus is a cesspool, and I would advise all parents and students alike to stay as far away as possible. Beyond the well documented Marxist indoctrination that occurs in every classroom of every university, the culture of the campus is one of hedonism, degeneracy, and profligate financial waste. It seems to me that when you strip away the formalities and pretenses, the college campus effectively serves to extract hundreds of thousands in future earnings to subsidize the moral and mental degradation of our young people. We must eliminate the “campus” and restore the university.