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The Groyper Army, or 'groypers', are a loosely organised group of social conservatives who follow Nick Fuentes' America First movement, which should not be confused with the American fascist party of the same name, the second attempt at that party by David Duke, or with Donald Trump's own wider America First movement, despite all of them having similar ideologies.
After the term "Alt-right" became widely known in the media, its supporters started being deplatformed and shunned as neo-Nazi racists. Eventually, even most mainstream conservatives had gotten fed up with the alt-right, but rather than being decent people they decided to rebrand the movement instead. Big surprise.
The result of the rebranding is that during 2018 and thru to 2020, social conservatives, fascists, theocrats, and other fringe right-wing ideologues came together under the America First banner to support MAGA and 'post-racist' content on the interwebs. This became known as the Groyper Army, calling themselves paleoconservatives and swearing that they weren't alt-right; they quickly started to openly support every single alt-right talking point just as they did before.
Since groypers are not a uniform ideological group but, rather, a combination of various kinds of right-wing extremist, there is no absolute set ideology to the movement. There are, however, shared ideals that all groypers agree with and call paleoconservatism, despite the fact that it bears very little resemblance to what was traditionally known as paleoconservatism in political science, instead closely resembling a kind of modern fascism.
- Antisemitism – One of the most notable groyper beliefs is antisemitism. As with all things that groypers believe, this is hidden under layers of obfuscation to make it plausible to deny that they are neo-Nazis or alt-right because open neo-Nazis and alt-right get banned from all the legitimate social media platforms. The groyper will, instead of openly calling for a second Holocaust, use not-so-subtle references to antisemitic tropes such as posting "merchant" memes, joking about the Holocaust and even denying the holocaust even existed, bringing up conspiracy theories such as the Dancing Israelis, USS Liberty incident, or Jewish influences over the media and US government. In public, rather than explicitly calling for Jews to be deported or exterminated, they provide more acceptable ideas like cutting US aid and support for Israel, banning Israeli lobby groups from the US, and other things that can be technically termed anti-Zionism. In private, they take a more hardline approach, noting that this is only the first step towards solving the Jewish Question.
- Islamophobia – The groypers are hostile to the existence of Islam itself, often coming up with and citing anti-Islamic conspiracies.
- Soft theocracy – While groypers are not explicitly theocrats, they tend to promote many of the same ideas. They generally assert that the US is a white Christian nation and strongly oppose any legal or political force which is deemed to erode traditional Christian values, including women's rights to vote, most civil rights, atheism, gay rights and more.
- Isolationism – According to the groypers, the US would do better to cease all involvement in international wars and trade and, instead, to focus on American industry and invading Mexico to kill those pesky illegal immigrants. This isolationist stance is why groypers accuse anyone on the right who disagrees with them of being a neoconservative because they claim neocons are responsible for the moral decline of the American right wing. Groypers don't appear to be gifted with much cognitive ability, so the problems with their extreme isolationist stance, such as the effect on the American economy if it stopped almost all world trade, are completely ignored.
- Homophobia – Groypers are universally homophobic and, of course, transphobic. It's normal to see groypers promoting conversion therapy as a "treatment" for homosexuality despite the fact it doesn't work and is actually harmful. Failing this, they support capital punishment or imprisonment for anyone who actually engages in sodomy, because their morality is stuck in the 14th century and this is somehow a good idea. When faced with resistance to their homophobic views, the groyper will post Bible verses and cherry-picked pseudoscience that condemns homosexuality as harmful and immoral.
- Ban immigration – Yes that's right, the Groyper Army believes that immigration into the US should be banned. All of it. They sometimes go as far as to propose that people who legally immigrated already should be deported, unless they are white Christians, of course. The reasons for banning all immigration are mostly because they believe that immigration is responsible for the decline of Western civilisation via demographic shift. This is because the new alt-right believes in the Great Replacement conspiracy theory with no hint of irony or criticism.
Dispute with TPUSA
Since groypers are extremists, having more in common with fascists than conservatives, they inevitably came into conflict with the more mainstream conservative groups and figures. This conflict generally takes the form of groypers infiltrating conservative groups and accusing anyone who isn't extreme enough of being a "fake conservative" or "neocon" as an insult while promoting their own views, instead, as a form of radicalisation to turn people further right.
This tactic eventually resulted in a higher-profile dispute between mainstream conservative pundit Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA and Groyper Army leader Nick Fuentes in which Fuentes characteristically called Kirk a fake conservative and promoted extreme views until he got banned from YouTube and deplatformed himself. Oops.
Following Nick Fuentes being partially deplatformed, some of his Groyper Army distanced themselves from him, starting to simply refer to themselves as paleoconservatives rather than as groypers explicitly.
- Patrick Casey, leading figure of the Groyper Army and head of the white nationalist American Identity Movement
- Jacob (Jake) Lloyd, a former contributor to Infowars
- Christian Secor — charged civic disorder, "assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers" and other crimes at the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot