Scandal-hit racist Kanye West last night dined with white supremacist and holocaust denier Nick Fuentes- days after they both paid ex-President Donald Trump a visit together at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Sporting an all-black outfit, Kanye, 45, known as Ye, stepped out with his hood over a camo cap for the meal with Fuentes, 24, at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica.
Fuentes, wearing a yellow YE24 jumper and black jacket with the same slogan, seemingly in a nod of support to Kanye’s 2024 presidential bid, also donned sunglasses and a cross and chain for the dinner.
Both controversial figures have come under fire for their views, with Kanye making a series of anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews. Meanwhile, Fuentes is a vocal Holocaust denier and white supremacist who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP.
Sporting an all-black outfit, Kanye, 45, known as Ye, stepped out with his hood over a camo cap for the meal with Fuentes, 24, at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica
Fuentes, pictured, wearing a yellow YE24 jumper and black jacket with the same slogan, seemingly in a nod of support to Kanye’s 2024 presidential bid, wore sunglasses and a cross and chain for the dinner
Their dinner came after Donald Trump was slammed for hosting a dinner with the men at his Mar-a-Lago estate last Tuesday.
The 45th president caused an outrage – even among some Republicans – when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a ‘white supremacist,’ at his Palm Beach home.
It is alleged that the ex-president repeatedly refused to criticize Nick Fuentes at the dinner. This was despite the fact he was told publicly and privately to do so after the meal as advisers were concerned about his personal and political image ahead of his 2024 election bid.
He also wrote no criticism of Fuentes on Truth Social even though advisers told him to. Trump apparently did not want to antagonize his base and dislikes confrontation so shied away from the move.
Fuentes, pictured, is a vocal Holocaust denier and white supremacist who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP
Pictured: Nick Fuentes steps out to dinner with Kanye West in Santa Monica last night
Kanye West tries to keep a low profile as he leaves Giorgio Baldi after dinner, pictured. Kanye has made a series of anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews
Amid the backlash over the dinner, Trump only played it down in three statements on Friday and did not mention Fuentes or his views.
He then angrily wrote that evening that Ye had not ‘expressed no antisemitism’ and ‘I didn’t know Nick Fuentes’ which was the closest he came to acknowledging the controversies of the dinner.
On Saturday, Trump remained defiant amid calls to apologize, taking to his Truth Social app to claim he was only doing West a favor with the get-together. Trump posted: ‘So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed ‘advice.”
He added: ‘He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!’
It came after the rapper said in a video that he dined with Trump and that he ‘started basically screaming’ when West told him he wanted to run for president himself.
President Joe Biden on Saturday refused to comment on Donald Trump’s impromptu dinner with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago.
‘You don’t want to know what I think,’ he said in response to DailyMail.com’s question while he was out shopping on Nantucket with wife Jill and daughter Ashley.
Biden, who is spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the island, was out for Small Business Saturday. He visited at least nine stores in the more than hour he spent walking around the downtown shopping area.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said of Donald Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West: ‘I would not take a meeting with- with that person, though. I wouldn’t take a meeting with Kanye West either, but that’s, that’s my opinion’
Prominent Republicans yesterday condemned the dinner on Sunday news programs.
Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump ‘needs better judgement in who he dines with.’
Outgoing Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is no stranger to criticizing Trump, called the face-to-face ‘very troubling’ and accused him of ’empowering’ extremists.
‘He certainly needs better judgment in who he dines with,’ Kentucky Rep. Comer told NBC’s Meet The Press when asked if the meeting was a ‘mistake.’
‘I know that he’s issued a statement. He said he didn’t know who those people were.’
He later added, ‘I would not take a meeting with- with that person, though. I wouldn’t take a meeting with Kanye West either, but that’s, that’s my opinion.’
Hutchinson, who has fueled speculation that he could challenge Trump with his own White House bid, told CNN’s State Of The Union that the ex-president ‘failed’ to distance himself from and condemn an extremist wing of the GOP.
The term-limited Republican governor previously prosecuted white supremacist groups as a federal attorney in Arkansas.
‘I hope, someday, we won’t have to be responding to what former President Trump has said or done. In this instance, it’s important to respond,’ he said when asked about Trump’s dinner.
‘The last time I met with a white supremacist, it was in an armed standoff. I had a bulletproof vest on…And so, no, I don’t think it’s a good idea for a leader that is setting an example for the country or the party to meet with an avowed racist or antisemite.’
Hutchinson said it was ‘very troubling and it shouldn’t happen.’
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson accused Trump of ’empowering’ extremists by meeting with the white supremancist
‘I mean, you could have accidental meetings. Things like that happen. This was not an accidental meeting. It was a setup dinner with Kanye,’ the governor said.
He added, ‘We need to avoid those kinds of empowering the extremes. And when you meet with people, you empower. And that’s what you have to avoid. You want to diminish their strength…Stay away from them.’
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.
‘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.’
Trump, posting on his Truth Social account, was defiant amid the media criticism of the meeting with the embattled rapper and Fuentes
The 45th president caused an outrage – even among some Republicans – when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a ‘white supremacist,’ at his Palm Beach home. Ye, as the rapper West goes by now, was also present
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 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
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,’ one longtime Trump adviser who spoke anonymously told the outlet.
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.
Fuentes once ‘jokingly’ denied the Holocaust in an episode of his ‘America First’ podcast
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.
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 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
In a two-minute 2024 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.
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.
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
‘The thing that Trump was most perturbed about [is] me asking him to be my vice president,’ Kanye said in 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.’
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 ex-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 offered 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.
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
West, who was banned from Twitter for his antisemitic diatribe, tweeted Sunday ‘Shalom :)’ after being reinstated.
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.’
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 antisemitic rants
West recently had his Twitter reinstated by new CEO Elon Musk, but his Instagram remains restricted. Both were paused due to West’s antisemitic rants, where he claimed he’d bring ‘death con 3’ to Jews and that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was controlled by the community.
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 antisemitic and racist comments and has denied the Holocaust on multiple occasions.
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