Donald Trump dined with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes

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“Last week Kanye West called me to come over for dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. Shortly after, he showed up unexpectedly with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back terrace. Dinner was fast and boring. Then they left for the airport.”

Eventful as it is, the dinner reflects a remarkable moment in an extremely early 2024 campaign cycle: the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination breaking bread with a man who regularly posts racist content and Holocaust revisionism, brought there by a rapper running his own presidential campaign. launches under the shadow of his own anti-Semitic remarks.

“If it were any other party, breaking bread with Nick Fuentes would immediately disqualify Trump,” said Ammar Moussa, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. “The most extreme views have found a home in today’s MAGA Republican party.”

It underscores how few guardrails are currently in place within the former president’s political operation, with few aides to screen guests or advise against and manage such gatherings.

Indeed, after POLITICO first reported sighting Fuentes at Trump’s club, people in Trump’s job denied that the former president had met Fuentes at all. It was only later revealed that he had not only met Fuentes, but had dinner with him.

Karen Giorno, a former Trump strategist who now also works for West’s 2024 campaign, confirmed to POLITICO that she was also at the dinner with Trump, West and Fuentes.

Fuentes, who attended the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, has made a series of offensive and racist statements during his shows, including that Trump was wrong to deny white supremacy. He 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’s seeking re-election, and soon after, West publicly made a series of anti-Semitic remarks that cost him millions in endorsement deals.

In a separate statement, Trump denied knowing who Fuentes was, stating that the “dinner meeting was only for Kanye and me, but he arrived with a guest I had never met and knew nothing about.” Neither that statement nor the Truth Social post contained any indictment of West of Fuentes’ recent comments.

West discussed the dinner in a video titled “Mar-a-lago debrief,” which he posted to Twitter. In it, he said Trump was “impressed with Fuentes” because “unlike so many lawyers and so many people he was left with during his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist.”

West went on to say that he told Trump, “Why didn’t you free the January Sixers when you had the chance? And I came to him as someone who loves Trump. And I said, ‘Go get Cory [Lewandowski] go back and get these people who tried to cancel the media and told you to step out.’” The video features 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 had also asked Trump to be his running mate in 2024, saying Trump was “yelling” at him over dinner . and that the former president called his ex-wife swear words.

“When Trump actually started yelling at me at the table and telling me I was going to lose. I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ho, ho, hold on, hold on Trump, you’re talking to Ye,” West said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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