Donald Trump in yet another pickle as he dines with white supremacist
Democrats and Republicans condemn Donald Trump's meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes during a dinner in Mar-a-Lago.
Former US President Donald Trump is facing a wave of condemnation after having dinner with American white supremacist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago.
The former President, who recently announced a 2024 White House run, admitted that he met Fuentes during a dinner with famous rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.
Trump claimed that he was not aware that Fuentes was going to be present at the dinner. In a statement on his Truth Social platform, he said, "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."
"We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful," he added.
But Karen Giorno, a former Trump aide and senior advisor, who was present at the dinner, told The Washington Post that the former President was impressed by Fuentes.
"He was impressed with Nick and his knowledge of Trump World. Nick knew people and figures and speeches and rallies and what surrounded the Trump culture, particularly when it came to the base," Giorno said.
In the same context, Democratic National Committee Spokesperson Ammar Moussa considered in a statement that Trump should be barred from representing the Republican party following the recent news.
"If it was any other party, breaking bread with Nick Fuentes would be instantly disqualifying for Trump. The most extreme views have found a home in today’s Maga Republican party," Moussa indicated.
On his part, Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey and a close former ally of Trump, said, "This is just another example of an awful lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which, combined with his past poor judgments, make him an untenable general election candidate for the Republican party in 2024."
Later, Kanye West commented on the Trump dinner, saying, "Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes. Nick Fuentes — unlike so many of the lawyers and so many people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign — he’s actually a loyalist [for Trump]."
Ye said the conversation became tense as Trump made remarks about the rapper's former partner Kim Kardashian.
NBC News quoted an anonymous source familiar with the dinner conversation as saying that Trump told Ye, who announced running for president in 2024, "You’re not going to win. You can’t beat me."
Addressing Fuentes, Trump said, "Nick, you work for the guy, and just because you work for him, you’re going to tell him he can beat me? You just got finished telling me I was the best president ever."
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