Former President Donald Trump is being criticized for associating himself with far-right activist Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye West – two men who have promoted antisemitism and hate – after the three dined together at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as Trump’s ambassador to Israel during his presidency, publicly blasted the former president for hosting the duo, tweeting that Trump was ‘better than this.’
Trump was reportedly ‘very taken’ with Fuentes during the impromptu dinner and was impressed by his ability to ‘rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign’ – but had no clue of his controversial background, sources told Axios.
The Justice Department in a 2021 complaint referred to Fuentes, an alt-right figure, as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘America First’ podcaster.’ In an episode of his podcast, Fuentes ‘jokingly’ denied the Holocaust and compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven.
The dinner on Tuesday is the latest example of the former president associating himself with individuals with extreme or racist views despite his own son-in-law Jared Kushner being Jewish and his daughter Ivanka converting to Judaism before their wedding.
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as former President Trump’s ambassador to Israel, publicly blasted Trump for hosting Nick Fuentes and Kanye West in Mar-a-Lago
Friedman tweeted on Friday that Trump was ‘better than this’ calling a social visit from an ‘antisemite like Kanye West’ and ‘human scum like Nick Fuentes unacceptable’
Friedman followed up the tweet with another that pointed out that he condemned former President Barak Obama for associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright
Just days after the dinner, Trump’s former ambassador to Israel tweeted about his disgust in the decision calling Fuentes ‘human scum.’
‘To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,’ he tweeted on Friday.
‘Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.’
Friedman continued in another tweet: ‘I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright. This is no different. Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.’
As backlash against the former president continued on Twitter, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: ‘Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America – including at Mar-A-Lago. Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned.’
NBC News has since reported those close to Trump have been thrown into a tailspin by the fallout from the meeting, despite the former president allegedly having no prior knowledge of who Fuentes was.
‘This is a f***ing nightmare,’ said one longtime Trump adviser who spoke anonymously.
Former President Donald Trump and Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, dined together alongside Nick Fuentes earlier this week at Mar-a-Lago
Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, dined with former President Donald Trump earlier this week at Mar-a-Lago in Florida
Friedman is pictured with Trump and Jared Kushner in 2020. Kushner is Jewish and Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism before her wedding to Kushner
The source went on to say they are concerned that the meeting could impact Trump’s chances at taking the Republican nomination in 2024.
‘If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why,’ the source said.
On Friday, Ye also confirmed that Trump was ‘impressed’ with Fuentes in a video posted to Twitter.
‘So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes, and Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers, and so many of the people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist’ Ye said.
In a post on Truth Social Friday evening, Trump said he didn’t know Fuentes previous to the meeting and offered an explanation on the meeting with the rapper.
‘Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business,’ Trump wrote in the post.
‘We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, ‘any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP.
‘Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I don’t know Nick Fuentes.’
In a post on Truth Social Friday, Trump said he welcomed Ye to Mar-a-Lago for discussions surrounding business
Fuentes once ‘jokingly’ denied the Holocaust in an episode of his ‘America First’ podcast
The far-right political commentator compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven
Three different sources, two Trump advisers and one person who is not currently involved in the Trump campaign, told NBC News Friday Ye also brought Karen Giorno, who managed the Trump campaign in Florida during the 2016 election.
The former president reportedly knew the woman by both name and sight.
A third unknown party was also brought by the rapper, however, the identity of the person is unknown and sources said he was ‘an associate’ of Ye’s.
Fuentes is also helping Ye in his own 2024 presidential campaign, which is being managed by Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor and alt-right commentator, according to the rapper.
In 2021, the Justice Department referred to Fuentes as a ‘white supremacist’
This comes after Ye and Fuentes showed up at Mar-a-Lago ‘unexpectedly,’ according to the former president.
‘This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,’ the ex-president said in an earlier post on the right-wing social media app.
‘We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.’
West had previously revealed that Trump – who has already announced he’d be running for the White House in 2024 – rejected the rapper’s request to be the ex-president’s vice presidential pick.
Former President Donald Trump said Friday that disgraced rapper Kanye West showed up at Mar-a-Lago ‘unexpectedly’ and said he ‘knew nothing about’ his posse – that included a prominent white nationalist
West has also announced he plans to run for president in 2024.
In a two-minute campaign promo posted to Twitter Thursday, the embattled artist – who has faced backlash for his remarks disparaging Jewish people – expanded on those plans, revealing he met with Trump, 76, Wednesday to discuss them.
A day earlier, West, 45, was seen traveling with Fuentes, as he headed to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
In the brief clip, West offered his own account of the sit-down, which he said saw him air his presidential aspirations to the former commander-in-chief, who announced his own renewed bid for the Oval Office last week.
Titled ‘Mar-a-Lago debrief,’ the abrupt campaign teaser comes just days after West was spotted in Beverly Hills with the white supremacist, who has emerged as one of the leading figures of the far-right for his views on Jews and other minority groups.
The pair then traveled to Miami together, and were spotted outside the former president’s Florida private club on Tuesday.
West, who was dropped by Adidas and several other companies last month for his antisemitic comments, praises Fuentes in the footage, while also criticizing Trump – who he said flat out denied his running mate request in a fit of rage.
Kanye West has revealed Donald Trump rejected his request to run under him in the upcoming 2024 election, less than a week after the rapper announced plans to run for president
In a two-minute campaign promo posted to Twitter Thursday, the embattled artist – who has faced backlash for his remarks disparaging Jewish people – expanded on those plans, revealing he met with Trump Wednesday to discuss them
‘The thing that Trump was most perturbed about [is] me asking him to be my vice president,’ Kanye said the clip posted on his recently-unlocked Twitter account on Thanksgiving night.
He continued: ‘I think that was, like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard. It was the fact that I walked in with intelligence.’
He would go on to accuse the ex-head of state of succumbing to cancel culture by firing mercurial members of his cabinet such as top aides Karen Giorno and Steve Bannon, while distancing himself from other public figures such as Fuentes due to their views.
West would go on to hail Fuentes as a Trump ‘loyalist,’ touting his support of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, by citizens loyal to the then outgoing president.
‘Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and some of the people [Trump] was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,’ West said in the video, which featured a caption with the hashtag #YE24.
‘When all the lawyers said, ‘forget it, Trump’s done,’ there were loyalists running up in the White House, right?’ West continued, referring to the politician’s unsuccessful attempts to argue his election loss to current President Joe Biden.
West proceeded to chide the president for not doing anything to help the hundreds of Americans being prosecuted for their part in the insurgence
‘Why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6ers?’ West asked incredulously, sitting on a counter at his LA studio while speaking to an interviewer.
The rapper goes on to offer advice to Trump, telling him to ‘go and get these people that the media tried to cancel’ – ignoring his own recent troubles while dealing with the media and his owned failed bid for the presidency in 2020.
At that point in the bizarre campaign ad, the video flashes photos of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump ally Roger Stone, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as to signify some of the polarizing figures the ex-president has supposedly alienated.
Jones, who rose to prominence during Trump’s campaign and first term in office, was recently ordered to pay a more than $1 billion to the families of the Sandy Hook victims for unfounded comments about a supposed conspiracy surrounding their children’s deaths.
Eventually, West said, he pitched his presidential run to the Republican, who responded by dismissing his desires for the White House with an anecdote in which he claimed he granted clemency to former federal prisoner Alice Johnson for West, and not his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who had campaigned for Johnson’s release.
Johnson, 67, had been convicted in 1996 for involvement in a Memphis cocaine trafficking scheme, which came with a life sentence, seen by Kardashian and other criminal justice reform advocates as much too tough for a non-violent offender.
Kardashian first came to the White House in May 2018 to tell Trump Johnson’s story. The president commuted Johnson’s sentence on June 6.
In response to West’s pitch, Trump offered an anecdote about how he granted clemency to former federal prisoner Alice Johnson (at left in 2020) for West, and not his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who had campaigned for Johnson’s release
Kardashian’s (left) first trip to the Trump White House came in May 2018, with President Trump (right) commuting the sentence of Johnson, a Memphis cocaine dealer, days later. The supermodel is in the midst of a very contentious divorce with the disgraced shoe designer
West, however, in his campaign clip dismissed the president’s spiel as a ‘would-be mob-esque’ story meant to intimidate him into submission.
That said, West said he did not become offended until Trump insulted Kardashian to his face, though the insult itself is censored in the footage.
Trump allegedly told West, ‘you can tell her I said that.’
The rapper said that at that point, he became annoyed by the unspecified barb, telling the interviewer, ‘That’s the mother of my children.’
Meanwhile, the rapper is facing allegations that he harassed his former employees at Adidas – which carried his Yeezy shoe brand up until last month – by showing them pornography, including graphic images of Kardashian, 42, herself.
The pair split early this year, but have yet to officially divorce. Since then, West has grown increasingly unhinged on social media, culminating in the massive outcry leveled against him last month.
West – still in the midst of the very public divorce – spawned the backlash when he complained a ‘Jewish underground media mafia’ is ruining his career, along with a host of other antisemitic remarks.
A day earlier, West , 45, was seen traveling with known white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, as he headed to Trump ‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida before a planned dinner with the former president
The comment saw West stripped of several lucrative major partnerships with companies like Adidas and Balenciaga – which itself has come under fire for a recently pulled ad campaign that showed kids showing off teddy bears in bondage – as well as billions of dollars in a matter of days.
West, who was banned from Twitter for his antisemitic diatribe, tweeted Sunday ‘Shalom :)’ after being reinstated earlier in the day.
In his clip posted Thursday, West would go on to reveal that Trump was not pleased by his plans overtake the White House, and unleashed his own diatribe criticizing the rapper, telling him he would lose if he ran against him.
‘Trump started basically screaming at the table telling me I was gonna lose,’ West recalled, adding, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history?’
Keeping true to his trademark arrogant persona, the rapper added: ‘I’m like, ‘Wait, hold on Trump – you’re talking to Ye.”
The clip ended the intro to West’s 2016 song Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1, accompanied by a title card reading ‘YE24.’
Two days earlier, the rapper raised eyebrows after being spotted with known antisemite Fuentes in Beverly Hills days before the pair set off to Miami together.
The known anti Semite – who supported the January 6 riots and is a stalwart of the alt-right -and West were spotted inside a Miami airport wearing blue jackets
Many subsequently took to Twitter to reveal their unease at the sighting, as both have recently gone on anti-Semitic rants.
Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer called the situation ‘uniquely bad’ as Fuentes is an ‘outright neo-Nazi’ that has recently ‘whipped up hate toward Jews.’
‘It’s hard to be shocked by anything anymore, but Charlottesville marcher and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes being hosted at the former president’s resort still feels uniquely bad,’ he wrote on Wednesday.
‘[Fuentes is] being embraced by one of the biggest celebs in the country and, reportedly, Trumpworld.’
Inside Elections reporter Jacob Rubashkin expressed unease, writing: ‘So Holocaust denier and white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Hitler-obsessed anti-Semite Kanye West are hanging out at the former president’s home – where Kanye claims he had an audience with Trump.’
West enjoyed dinner with Trump, who recently announced his 2024 presidential run. Fuentes was reportedly not present at dinner
On Tuesday, West asked his Twitter followers if he should ask Trump ‘to be my running mate in 2024.’ The rapper recently had his account reinstated after being banned for anti-Semitic rants
Another blamed Fuentes for West’s anti-Semitic rants, writing: ‘Kanye West is gone forever he’s hanging out with Nick Fuentes. No wonder he’s been hating on Jewish people lately. God, this is just sad.’
USA Today correspondent Will Carless noted that Fuentes is ‘banned from Twitter and other platforms’ for being a ‘bigot.’
West recently had his Twitter reinstated by new CEO Elon Musk, but his Instagram remains restricted. Both were paused due to West’s anti-Semitic rants, where he claimed he’d bring ‘death con 3’ to Jews and that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was controlled by the community.
‘Hate likes company, I guess,’ Carless wrote on Twitter.
Ian Haworth, a speaker for Turning Point USA, wrote: ‘So now that Kanye West is hanging out with Nick Fuentes – an open white supremacist – is it time to conclude that the blind money-motivated defense of Kanye is about as anti-conservative as possible at this point?
‘How far are we from questioning what Nick Fuentes REALLY means?’
Fuentes started gaining notoriety in 2017 after he left Boston University following claims that he was receiving ‘threats’ after attending a white supremacist rally, Unite the Right, in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
He also hosts a live-stream show called America First, which has a ‘cult-like following,’ according to ADL, and his fans are called Groypers.
The young man uses his various platforms to push anti-Semitic and racist comments and has denied the Holocaust on multiple occasions.
During one of his live-stream episodes, he reportedly compared Jews being incinerated in concentration camps to cookies in the oven.
Fuentes’ platform largely pushes to preserve white, European-American identity and culture and pushes the conspiracy theory that the white race is impending destruction through white genocide.
Many expressed unease at the pair being spotted together and one blamed West’s recent rants on his association with Fuentes
He once said: ‘I don’t see Jews as Europeans and I don’t see them as part of Western civilization, particularly because they are not Christians.’
West became embroiled in controversy after debuting White Lives Matter shirts at Paris Fashion Week, alongside conservative commentator Candace Owens, on October 3.
The rapper then sparked global outrage after he tweeted on October 8: ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE…The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also…you guys have toyed with me and tried to black-ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.’
The rapper was later asked by Piers Morgan if he regretted the tweet and he said: ‘No. Absolutely not, absolutely not. I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down. That’s a different type of freedom fighter.’
He later clarified: ‘I will say I’m sorry for the people that I hurt. I feel like I caused hurt and confusion, and I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through and that I use my platform where you say, ‘Hurt people hurt people,’ and I was hurt.’
West’s recent controversy started on October 3 at Paris Fashion Week, where he debuted White Lives Matter shirts, alongside Candace Owens (pictured)
West went on to reportedly tell Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs that ‘Jewish people told you to call me’ and that they were not going to ‘threaten or influence me.’ West also said the rapper was ‘breaking my heart’ and that ‘no one gets in between me and my money’
The firestorm involving the rapper started when he took to Twitter to say he wanted to go ‘death con 3’ on Jewish people who had apparently wronged him
His rants would later see brands pulling out from his billion-dollar brand, including Vogue, Balenciaga, and Adidas, causing him to lose his billionaire status.
The biggest blow to West’s empire was when Adidas pulled its $1.5 billion deal from the singer after facing severe criticism for stalling so long.
The German sporting goods behemoth announced the move in a statement released online, with the sportswear maker having put its partnership with West under review earlier this month ‘after repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation.’
The partnership began in 2013 after he left a collaboration with Nike and the deal was the crowning jewel of his fortune, with sales climbing to $1.7 billion in 2020 – earning him $191 million in royalties that year alone.
German sporting goods behemoth Adidas has terminated its partnership with Kanye West amid controversial behavior from the American rapper and designer. A statement posted in the media section of its website called his comments ‘unacceptable, hateful and dangerous’
Forbes estimates that the Yeezy business with Adidas is worth $1.5 billion, and the company confirmed that it was likely going to lose up to $250 million of its net income in 2022 as a result of the split.
‘Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. West’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,’ the company’s statement read.
‘After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.’