Donald Trump had dinner with white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes
« Last week Kanye West called me for dinner at Mar-a-Lago, » he wrote. « Shortly afterwards he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, of whom I knew nothing. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many of the members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.
As eventful as it was, the dinner reflected a remarkable moment in an extremely early 2024 campaign cycle: the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination breaks bread with a man who frequently posts racist and Holocaust revisionist content, brought there by a rapper who launches his own presidential campaign in the shadow of his own anti-Semitic remarks.
« If it were any other party, breaking bread with Nick Fuentes would instantly disqualify Trump, » said Democratic National Committee spokesman Ammar Moussa. « The most extreme views have found their way into today’s MAGA Republican Party. »
It underscores how few guardrails currently exist within the former president’s political operation, with few aides there to screen guests or advise against and manage such gatherings.
Indeed, after POLITICO first reported the sighting of Fuentes at Trump’s club, people in Trump’s orbit denied that the former president had met Fuentes. Only later was it revealed that he not only met Fuentes, but dined with him.
Karen Giorno, a former Trump strategist who also now works for West’s 2024 campaign, confirmed to POLITICO that she was also at dinner with Trump, West and Fuentes.
Fuentes, who was present at the 2017 « Unite the Right » rally in Charlottesville, made a series of offensive and racist statements on his shows, including that Trump was wrong to disavow white supremacy. It has been removed from YouTube and other social media sites. Trump’s dinner with Fuentes comes just a week after the former president announced he was seeking re-election, and shortly after West publicly made a series of anti-Semitic comments that cost him millions in contract deals. ‘approval.
In a separate statement, Trump denied knowing who Fuentes was, saying « the dinner meeting was meant to be Kanye and me only, but it happened with a guest I had never met and knew nothing about. » . This statement and Truth Social’s post did not include a denunciation of West’s or Fuentes’ recent comments.
West discussed the dinner in a video titled « Mar-a-lago debrief, » which he posted on Twitter. In it, he said Trump was ‘impressed with Fuentes’ because ‘unlike so many lawyers and so many people he ended up with during his 2020 campaign, he is actually a loyalist’. .
West went on to say that he told Trump, “Why, when you had the chance, didn’t you release the January sixers? And I came to him as someone who loves Trump. And I said, ‘Go get Corey [Lewandowski] come back, get those people the media tried to cancel and told you to walk away. The video includes photos of former advisers, including Giorno and Roger Stone, as well as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Describing the event to Milo Yiannopoulos, a far-right provocateur he hired to help with his campaign, West said he also asked Trump to be his running mate in 2024, and said that Trump was « screaming » at her during dinner, and that the former president called his ex-wife a rude act.
« When Trump started yelling at me at the table, telling me I was going to lose. I mean, has this ever worked out for anyone in history? I’m like, whoa, whoa, wait, wait Trump, you talk to Ye,” West said.