White House slams Trump’s dinner with Nick Fuentes, saying bigotry and hate ‘have no place in America’
The White House on Saturday took aim at former President Trump for dining with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago this week, saying hate “has no place in America.”
“Bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America, including at Mar-a-Lago,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.
“Holocaust denial is disgusting and dangerous, and should be strongly condemned,” Bates said.
The White House was responding after it emerged that Trump had hosted Ye, formerly known as Kane West, at his private club on Tuesday, and that Fuentes, a political commentator with a history of racist comments and Holocaust denial, was also there attend. .
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Trump’s reception of Fuentes sparked a swift backlash across the political spectrum and led Trump to issue a statement distancing himself from the commentator. It comes just weeks after Trump announced a presidential run in 2024. Ye has also announced his own 2024 bid.
Trump, speaking to TRUTH Social, said he did not know who Fuentes was and that the purpose of the dinner was to meet with Ye, who has also faced criticism for anti-Semitic comments, about business and politics.
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“Last week, Kanye West called me to dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he said in his first statement. “Shortly after, he showed up unexpectedly with three of his friends, whom he knew nothing about. We had dinner Tuesday evening with many members present in the backyard. Dinner was quick and uneventful. Then they left for the airport “.
“You, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice on some of your difficulties, particularly with your business,” Trump said in his second statement. “We also talked, to a lesser extent, about politics, where I told him that he definitely shouldn’t run for president, ‘any voter you have should vote for TRUMP.'”
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“Anyway, we got along really well, he didn’t express any anti-Semitism, and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t he agree to meet? Besides, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes “, he said.
On Saturday, a Trump adviser highlighted Trump’s record of fighting anti-Semitism and aid to Israel while in the White House.
“From the historic Abraham Accords that bring peace to the Middle East, the withdrawal from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, the appointment of a special envoy to combat the scourge of anti-Semitism, the transfer of the American embassy in Jerusalem and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, President Trump has always been and continues to be the closest friend and ally of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” said the adviser
Last week, Trump described himself as “the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House” and took aim at the Biden administration for allegedly botching that job.
“Tragically, Joe Biden has betrayed Israel and the Jewish community and squandered our incredible success,” Trump said in a speech at the Republican Jewish Conference’s annual conference, adding that since the “beginning” of the administration of Biden, Biden “exhausted Israel’s money.” security and began begging to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal on even worse terms.”
Earlier this week, Ye posted a video saying Trump had been “very impressed” with Fuentes, whom he called “loyal,” and that the artist caught Trump off guard by asking him to be his vice president.
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“I think what Trump was most disturbed about [was] I asked him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video. “I think it was lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”
Fuentes, for his part, said in your program the dinner was “very interesting” and he said he didn’t think he knew who it was.
“I don’t think he knew I was me, at dinner, let’s put it that way,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to say he didn’t know me… I’m not sure, but he certainly didn’t know it was me when I got to the dinner, and I didn’t know. It means that my statements and my entire background become a public relations problem for the president.”