Trump hosted the Holocaust denier at the Mar-a-Lago club alongside Ye, a week after the 2024 race was announced



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Former President Donald Trump hosted white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West at his Mar-a-Lago estate this week, demonstrating his continued willingness to partner with figures who have well-publicized anti-Semitic views as he embarks on another run for the White House.

West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, posted a video to Twitter on Thursday in which he claimed that Trump “is really impressed with Fuentes,” who repeatedly made anti-Semitic and racist comments like chronic by the Anti-Defamation League.

Fuentes, West said in the Twitter video, “is actually a loyalist” to Trump, unlike others who he says abandoned the former president after the 2020 election.

In a text message conversation tweeted by West on Thursday, he and Fuentes said they both met with the former president. A source confirmed CNN Trump’s dinner with Fuentes and West, which was embroiled in controversy after repetition of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and making other offensive claims during a podcast appearance in October.

A source familiar with the dinner said Fuentes was Kanye’s guest and was not invited by the former president.

Trump acknowledged the dinner in an article on Truth Social Friday saying, “Last week Kanye West called me for dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly after, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We dined on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. Dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.

Trump repeated later Friday that he “didn’t know” Fuentes and had offered business to the West as well as political advice.

“I told him he definitely shouldn’t run for president, ‘every voter you might have should vote for TRUMP,'” the former president wrote on Truth Social. “Anyway, we got on very well, he expressed no anti-Semitism and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me in ‘Tucker Carlson’.”

from West recent antisemitic remarks pushed companies he was affiliated with – including Adidas and Balenciaga – to sever ties with him. He has made numerous inflammatory statements over the years, including assertions that slavery was a “choice” and that “racism is a dated concept”.

The Anti-Defamation League has identified Fuentes as a white supremacist and he has been banned from most major social media platforms for his white nationalist rhetoric. Fuentes was present on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and he promoted Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in the 2020 election. The House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 released an assignment to Fuentes in January.

West tweeted late Tuesday night that he had made Trump wait on his first visit to Mar-a-Lago due to rain and traffic. And Right Wing Watch, a project of the left-leaning group People for the American Way, released footage Tuesday of West and Fuentes walking through Miami airport together. This footage was included in the video West posted to Twitter.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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