McConnell impales Trump for dinner with Kanye, Fuentes says he’s ‘highly unlikely’ to be elected president

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed former President Trump for his dinner with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, saying that it is “highly unlikely that anyone who is dating anyone with views on anti-Semitism or white supremacy , is ever elected President of the United States”.

“There is no place for anti-Semitism or white supremacy in the Republican Party,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “And anyone who meets with people who take that point of view, in my view, most likely will never be elected President of the United States.”

McConnell was referring to Trump’s dinner last week with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also criticized Tuesday’s meeting.

“I don’t think anyone should hang out with Nick Fuentes,” McCarthy said. “He has no place in this Republican Party.”

However, McCarthy seemingly defended Trump, saying he “came out and condemned” Fuentes four times, adding that he “didn’t know who he was.”

Pressing Fuentes further, McCarthy said: “I condemn his ideology. She has no place in society.”

Fuentes, a white nationalist, has a history of making racist remarks and engaging in Holocaust revisionism – although he claims he does not deny the Holocaust.

Nick Fuentes during a “Stop the Steal” leadership of far-right rallies, broadcast rally at the Governor’s Mansion in Georgia on November 19, 2020 as the state wraps up the recount in the presidential election – calling for Governor Kemp to help President Trump.
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Last Tuesday’s dinner came just a week after Trump announced a 2024 presidential nomination. Ye has also announced his own bid for 2024.

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Trump, in statements on TRUTH Social, said he didn’t know who Fuentes was and that the purpose of the dinner was to meet with Ye – who has also been criticized for anti-Semitic remarks – about business and politics.

“Last week Kanye West called me for dinner in Mar-a-Lago,” he said in his first statement. “Shortly after that he showed up unexpectedly with three of his friends I didn’t know about. We had dinner on the back patio on Tuesday night with many members present. Dinner was quick and uneventful. They then drove to the airport.”

Kanye West, also known as Ye, wore a Balenciaga boxing mask outside of Givenchy during Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 in October.

Kanye West, also known as Ye, wore a Balenciaga boxing mask outside of Givenchy during Paris Fashion Week – Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 in October.
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“Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has asked me for advice regarding some of his difficulties, particularly related to his business,” Trump said in his second statement. “We also talked about politics to a lesser extent, where I told him to definitely not run for president, ‘any voters you might have should vote for TRUMP.'”

“Anyway, we got on great, he didn’t express any anti-Semitism and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me in ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why didn’t I agree to a meeting? Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes,” he said.

On Saturday, while at the White House, a Trump aide highlighted Trump’s achievements in fighting anti-Semitism and supporting Israel.

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“From the historic Abraham Accords that brought 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 move of the American embassy to Jerusalem, and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the… Golan Heights, President Trump was and always will be the closest friend and ally of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” the adviser said.

Last week, Trump described himself as “the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White House” and targeted the Biden administration for allegedly wasting that work.

“Tragically, Joe Biden betrayed Israel and the Jewish community and squandered our amazing success,” Trump said in a speech to the Republican Jewish Conference’s annual conference, adding that Biden “sold out” the Biden administration “from the start.” security and began begging to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal on even worse terms.”

Meanwhile, Ye posted a video last week that said Trump was “really impressed” by Fuentes, who he described as a “loyalist,” and that the artist caught Trump off-guard by asking him to become his vice president .

“I think that’s what Trump was most concerned about [was] I asked him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video. “I think that was further down the list of things that surprised him.”

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said Fuentes meanwhile in his broadcast The dinner was “very interesting” and said he doesn’t think Trump knows who he is.

“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 about that, but he certainly didn’t know I was me when I came to dinner and I didn’t mean that what I said.” and my entire background becomes a kind of PR problem for the president.”

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The White House condemned the weekend dinner, and Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News that “bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America — including Mar-a-Lago.”

“Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous and must be strongly condemned,” Bates said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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