Trump’s former US ambassador to Israel slams meeting with Ye, Nick Fuentes: ‘You’re better than that’
Prominent Jewish leaders are slamming former President Donald Trump after he hosted a dinner party at his Florida estate that included rap artist Kanye West, aka Ye, and white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Both have been accused of anti-Semitism after comments they made about Jews.
“To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,” David Friedman, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Israel from 2017 to 2021, tweeted Friday. “Even a social visit from an anti-Semite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable.”
“I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright,” Friedman added. “This is no different. Anti-Semites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.”
Friedman’s comments after a meeting at Mar-a-Lago between Trump, Fuentes and Ye that sparked a sudden push from the Biden White House who said that “bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America.”
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Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, also criticized Trump for the visit telling CBS News“We strongly condemn the virulent anti-Semitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and call on all political leaders to reject their hateful messages and refuse to meet with him.”
Fuentes has been banned from several websites, most notably for a controversial comment that questioned how many Jews died in the Holocaust, a comment by Fuentes. has said it was a “funny joke”.
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Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was recently abandoned by several companies and sponsors after social media posts attacking Jewish leaders in the media and music industry, including a post where he said he would go “dead with 3” about “Jewish people.”
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.
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“You, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice on some of his difficulties, particularly with his business,” Trump posted. “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.'”
“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 “.
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While he has not made an official announcement, Ye has suggested he will run for president in 2024, which would make him a contender against Trump, who formally announced earlier this month that he was seeking the White House for a third term .