By now you’ve probably heard the news that on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Donald Trump had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with two giant anti-Semites. One such anti-Semite was the artist formerly known as KanyeWest, who now goes by “Ye” and has been in the news recently for threatening to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE”, with a former TMZ employee also claiming last month that West stated in an unaired interview segment earlier that he “loved Hitler and the Nazis. The other was Nick Fuentes, a 24 year old who The New York Times describes as “one of the country’s most prominent young white supremacists.” Fuentes’ vehemently anti-Semitic and unabashedly racist statements are too numerous to enumerate in full, so we’ll just throw out here that he:
- Denies that the holocaust happened
- Comparable Burning Jews in gas chambers to bake cookies
- Attended the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis chanted, “Jews will not replace us”
- Claimed that “whites are under attack”
- Insisted that segregation was a good thing and that black people were too sensitive to the extremely racist Jim Crow laws, saying, “Oh no, they had to go to different schools. Their water fountain in that famous photo was worse. Who cares? Grow up, drink from the goddamn water fountain. It’s water, it’s the same. Even [if] it was bad, who cares? We all agree, it’s better for them, it’s better for us. In general it is better.”
- Said he was against “mixed marriages”.
- Declared that colonizing “the Earth” by white people and enslaving black people was “epic and demonstrative of how smart and powerful we are”
- Recently called for the military to be sent to “these black neighborhoods”.
- Recently, according to the Time, demanded “that Jews leave the country”
Not surprisingly, Fuentes seems to do the same hate women and has said we need to get back to “burning”. [them] alive.” Of course, at a “Stop the Steal” rally in November 2020, he told his followers to “storm every state capitol until January 20, 2021, until President Trump is inaugurated for another four years.” On January 6, 2021 he led a group to assemble outside the Capitol, later tweeting that the uprising was “amazing and I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t.”
Anyway, people who aren’t hateful bigots (or fascists or misogynists or generally horrible apologies for people) can understand why it wasn’t a great look for a man currently hoping to win a second term and run the country to do with this two men having dinner. . But Trump is a hateful bigotry with its own documented history of horribly racist and anti-Semitic comments. Moreover, he knows that a large part of his base consists of people who love his horribly racist and anti-Semitic commentary, and that commentary is exactly why they voted for him before. That is why, in a confluence of circumstances that should shock no one, he has refused to sue any of his table mates for nearly a week.
In a statement on Friday, he said: “Kanye West really wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was supposed to be just Kanye and me, but he arrived with a guest I’d never met and had nothing to do with. Later that day, he wrote on Truth Social that West “turned up unexpectedly with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,” adding that “dinner was quick and uneventful.” That evening, when he tried, he wrote that West had asked him for business advice, “expressed no anti-Semitism, and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I knew Not Nick Fuentes.”
Trump, of course, is trying to cover himself here by insisting that Fuentes just randomly showed up and that he had no idea who he was. But even if we choose to believe he knew nothing about the man before breaking bread with him, he’s no doubt made acutely aware of exactly who Fuentes is and what he represents in the days since — and he still doesn’t want to say anything, even mildly critical of the man. This was already apparent from his uncritical statements, but just to put an end to it, The Guardian reported Monday that, according to two people familiar with the matter, Trump “has repeatedly refused to disown Fuentes,” rejecting “the advice of advisers for fear he might alienate some of his base.” According to the outlet, advisers had reached out to him over Thanksgiving, but Trump “ultimately made it clear that he essentially did not want to criticize Fuentes…
Trump’s 2024 campaign responded The protectorrequest for comment by pointing out that the ex-president had a strong track record of fighting anti-Semitism and strengthening US ties with Israel. It didn’t mention how he recently ranted about Jews needing to “get their act together…before it’s too late,” or how he reportedly told his chief of staff that “Hitler was doing a lot of good things,” or how he infamously said there were were “very fine people on both sides” of a rally that also included neo-Nazis. Among many other things.