Donald Trump confronted a brand new backlash after it emerged that he dined with one among America’s most outstanding white supremacists at his Mar-a-Lago property this week, simply days after asserting a brand new bid for the White Home in 2024.
In response to Axios, Trump had a meal on Tuesday with Nick Fuentes, who is thought for his excessive views, together with rapper Kanye West — who now goes by the identify Ye and who has additionally stoked controversy by making anti-Semitic feedback.
“This previous week, Kanye West known as me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly confirmed up with three of his pals, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday night with many members current on the again patio. The dinner was fast and uneventful. They then left for the airport,” Trump wrote on his Reality Social web site on Friday.
Fuentes, 24, is one among America’s most infamous white supremacists, who attended the pro-Trump rally that led to the assault on the US Capitol on January 6 2021. He additionally attended the “Unite the Proper” neo-Nazi parade in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He’s the founding father of the America First Political Motion Convention, an annual gathering of white nationalist politicians and activists, together with Republican lawmakers Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
His presence for dinner at Trump’s property comes as the previous president is already dealing with criticism from inside the Republican get together for trying one other presidential marketing campaign, particularly after a lot of his most popular candidates misplaced to Democratic challengers within the midterm elections. Whereas Republicans have been cautious of criticising Trump straight, many have identified that the get together’s management by a former president with extremist ties was damaging them politically.
After information of Trump’s dinner with Fuentes, Chris Christie, the previous Republican governor of New Jersey and a potential 2024 rival, stated: “That is simply one other instance of an terrible lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which, mixed along with his previous poor judgments, make him an untenable basic election candidate for the Republican get together in 2024.”
Afterward Friday, Trump posted one other message on Reality Social saying he “didn’t know” Fuentes. He stated West had requested to satisfy to debate enterprise difficulties and solely politics “to a lesser extent”. “We bought alongside nice, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated the entire good issues he stated about me on [the Fox TV programme] ‘Tucker Carlson’. Why wouldn’t I agree to satisfy?”