Republicans denounce Trump meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes : NPR

Nick Fuentes (center) waves to supporters before speaking at a pro-Trump march on November 14, 2020 in Washington. Fuentes, who has been called a white supremacist and anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, sat down to dinner with former President Trump and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, last week.

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Nick Fuentes (center) waves to supporters before speaking at a pro-Trump march on November 14, 2020 in Washington. Fuentes, who has been called a white supremacist and anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, sat down to dinner with former President Trump and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, last week.

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House and Senate Republicans spoke out against former President Donald Trump’s dinner last week with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes .

“There is no place in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “And anyone who meets people who hold that view, in my opinion, has a very slim chance of being elected President of the United States.”

Earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denounced Fuentes as a white supremacist pundit and organizer by the Anti-Defamation Leaguein language similar to that of McConnell, although he refrained from condemning the former president.

“I don’t think anyone should hang out with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican Party,” McCarthy said. “I think President Trump came out four times and condemned him and didn’t know who he was.”

When a reporter pointed out to McCarthy that the former president only denied knowing Fuentes – without condemning his ideologies – McCarthy replied: “Well, I condemn his ideology, it has no place in society; no at all.”

The former president dined with Ye and Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last Tuesday, where, according to Ye’s official Twitter accountthe rapper asked Trump to be his running mate for the 2024 presidential race.

Asset, who recently announced his 2024 presidential candidacy, took to his Truth Social social media platform on Saturday to try to clear the record. He said in a post that Ye had requested the meeting for “advice regarding some of his difficulties”, noting that he does not know Fuentes.

Pence also strongly denounced dinner with Fuentes

The executives’ reactions to the dinner came a day after former Vice President Mike Pence said Trump should apologize for even sitting down with Fuentes.

“Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, anti-Semite and Holocaust denier a seat at the table,” Pence said in an interview with News Nation Now. “And I think he should apologize for that, and he should speak out against these individuals and their hateful rhetoric without reservation.”

Pence, who reflects on his own presidential run, also noted that he doesn’t believe Trump is an anti-Semite.

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