Former President Donald Trump has slammed the “crazy” reaction to his dinner with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West.
Trump had dinner with West, now known as Ye, and Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago club on Tuesday night, a week after announcing his 2024 White House campaign.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Fuentes is a “white supremacist expert” who hosts a livestream show that has attracted a cult-like following of supporters known as “groypers” who “see their bigoted views as necessary to protect white people.” , to preserve European people -American identity and culture.”
Ye, who has also announced a 2024 presidential candidacy, has also made a slew of anti-Semitic comments in recent weeks, sparking a backlash that has seen Adidas cut ties with him.
The meeting was widely condemned, with Trump’s former ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, saying the visit was “unacceptable”.
Trump has since taken to his Truth Social platform to repeatedly defend the meeting.
“So I help a seriously disturbed man who happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and practically everything else, and who has always been good to me, by complying with his request to meet alone in Mar- a-Lago so I can give him some much needed ‘advice’,” he wrote on his Truth Social platform.
“He shows up with 3 people, two of whom I didn’t know, the other a political figure I haven’t seen in years.”
Trump added that he told the rapper, “Don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win,” before saying that “fake news went insane” during the meeting.
A day earlier, Trump had written that he knew “nothing” about Fuentes before arriving in Mar-a-Lago and said Ye asked him for advice.
“We got on great, he didn’t express antisemitism and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me in ‘Tucker Carlson,'” Trump wrote. “Why shouldn’t I agree to a meeting? Besides, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes.”
Ye offered a different version of events in a video posted to Twitter.
He said Trump had started “basically yelling at him” that he was going to lose the 2024 presidential election.
Ye also said Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes. “Nick Fuentes is actually a loyalist, unlike so many lawyers for so many people that were left to him in his 2020 campaign,” Ye said.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter for his thoughts on Trump “having dinner with a white nationalist.”
“You don’t want to hear what I think,” he replied.
Trump also called the Justice Department “corrupt” in another post Saturday, alongside a Washington Examiner article about Jack Smith, the special counsel who oversaw two major investigations into Trump.
news week has contacted a spokesman for Trump and the White House for further comment.
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