As fallout from the Donald Trump meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes continues, a far-right activist claimed the meeting was a set-up, intended to “make Trump’s life miserable.”
BNC News reported that in an attempt to “send a message” to the former president, right-wing provocateur and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos helped Fuentes travel to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for a dinner between Trump and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.
Trump had dinner with Fuentes and Ye at his hotel on November 22. Since the meeting, Trump has been critical by senior Republicans and by conservative Jewish leaders.
Trump said Ye was invited to dinner and “showed up unexpectedly with three of his friends…who I knew nothing about.” He has not condemned Fuentes and its views. Fuentes has been describe by the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League as “among the nation’s most prominent and outspoken anti-Semites”.
Speaking to NBC, Yiannopoulos said he offered Fuentes to travel with Ye and hopefully gain access to the former president.
“I wanted to show Trump the kind of talent he lacks by allowing his terrible handlers to dictate who he can and can’t hang out with,” Yiannopoulos said.
“I also wanted to send a message to Trump that he has repeatedly neglected, ignored, abused the people who love him the most, the people who put him in power, and that kind of behavior comes back to bite you in the end.
Yiannopoulos was once a leading figure in the alt-right movement, but was banned by most major social networks and lost a book deal in 2017 after appearing support pedophilia.
He told NBC that he also arranged the meeting “just to make Trump’s life miserable” because he knew news of the dinner would be leaked.
Trump has engaged with racists in the past, including affirming there were “very good people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Virginia that resulted in the death of a counter-protester.
Critics for Fuentes’ accommodation have come from senior citizens Republicans including its former vice president, Mike Pence, and former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie.
On Tuesday, Fuentes took issue with Yiannapoulos’ suggestion that the dinner was an attempt to make Trump’s life miserable.
“That’s just not true at all,” Fuentes said on the Telegram messaging app, below is a screenshot of the NBC article. “My intention was not to hurt Trump by attending dinner, this is fake news. I like donald trump.”
Ye, who’s like Trump presidential candidate in 2024, said he used the dinner party to ask Trump to be his vice president, only to have Trump insult his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
“Trump started yelling at me at the table saying I was going to lose,” Ye said in a video since deleted from social media but transcribed. by Newsweek. “I mean, has it ever worked for anyone in the story?” I’m like, ‘Woah, woah wait Trump, you’re talking to Ye.’ “
Ye also said Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes.
A source close to Trump told NBC the former president was furious with the meeting.
“He’s crazy. He can’t beat me,” Trump said of Ye, according to the source, who also said “Trump was totally taken aback” by Fuentes’ presence, adding, “It was a setup.
Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that Trump’s campaign was “putting in place new protocols to ensure those who meet with him are vetted and fully vetted.” Among those protocols, the AP said, citing unnamed sources, is the requirement that Trump be accompanied by a senior official at all times.