Trump faces backlash for hosting dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes

Donald Trump puts his hands by his side under the Mar-a-Lago ballroom chandelier, and behind him you can see eight American flags.

Former President Donald Trump, who announced he would run for president in 2024 on Nov. 15, welcomed Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago, Fla., home on Tuesday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Former President Donald Trump came under fire this week for having dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist leader and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

Trump hosted the two at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, the former president confirmed in a post on Truth Social. I showed up unexpectedly with three friends I didn’t know anything about.”

“A large group of members gathered for dinner on our backyard patio on Tuesday night. Dinner was quick and uneventful. Afterwards, they headed to the airport,” Trump posted.

Ye asked him for business advice, and the two “worked it out,” Trump said. He said Ye did not “express anti-Semitism and appreciate all the wonderful things he said about me in ‘Tucker Carlson.

Nick Fuentes walking through a crowd of people wearing Make American Great Again hats

Fuentes, in sunglasses, walks through the crowd to speak at the Stop Theft rally in November 2020 after Joe Biden was elected president. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

“Why don’t I agree to meet? I also didn’t know Nick Fuentes,” he added. Fuentes is known for his anti-Semitism and attended his 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ye’s Recent Net Worth Billions of dollars plummeted After Adidas cut ties with him for his “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous” offensive comments. He frequently posts anti-Semitic and racist remarks, tweeting earlier this month that he was planning a “Death Con 3 against the Jews.”

Department of Justice called Fuentes a “white supremacist”. According to the Anti-Defamation LeagueFuentes “jokingly” denied that the Holocaust happened and “compared the Jews baked in the concentration camps to oven-baked cookies”.

in the video Posted after the meeting in Mar-a-Lago, Ye said Trump was “really impressed with Nick Fuentes.” (He also said he asked Trump to run for Vice President in the 2024 presidential election.)

Mr Trump is now facing fierce criticism over the meeting. Without naming Trump, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), Matt Brooks, said: told the Washington Post“We strongly condemn Kanye West and Nick Fuentes’ vehement anti-Semitism and call on all political leaders to reject their hateful messages and to refuse to meet with them.”

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said: new york times“Nick Fuentes is one of the most prominent and unapologetic anti-Semites in this country. A known Holocaust denier, eating and spending time is terrifying.”

Donald Trump behind his desk in the Oval Office, with cameramen and visitors all around him, makes jokes that most of the assembled companies find very funny. He's sitting with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and Kanye West in his MAGA baseball cap in red.

Then-President Donald Trump meets with Kanye West in the Oval Office in October 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential nominee Chris Christie wrote about the meeting: “This is appalling and unacceptable behavior for anyone, but especially from former presidents and current candidates.”

David Friedman, Trump’s former ambassador to Israel, said, “For my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Anti-Semites like Kanye West and humans like Nick Fuentes.” Even a social visit from a scum in the city is not acceptable.”

Trump-backed Max Miller, now Ohio’s congressman-elect, tweeted that Fuentes’ “stigma of hate does not fit our public discourse.”

One Trump adviser, quoted by The Washington Post, described Trump’s meeting with Ye and Fuentes as “terrifying,” while another called it “downright awful.”

NBC News reported that a longtime adviser described the situation with the Trump campaign as “a nightmare.” “If people are watching [Florida Gov. Ron] There are other reasons why DeSantis opposes Trump,” the adviser was quoted as saying.