Trump convicted of having dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes

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Democrats, anti-racist groups and some Republicans have condemned Donald Trump for dining with American white supremacist and anti-Semite Nick Fuentes after details of their meeting at the former US president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida emerged.

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The meeting is the latest in a long line of incidents involving the former US president and the far right, including once referring to the Proud Boys in a presidential debate and his comments that there were ” very good people on both sides” after 2017 clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left an anti-fascist protester dead.

Trump admitted meeting Fuentes — who is open about his extremely racist and anti-Semitic views on his podcast — over dinner with Kanye West, the rapper now known as Ye. Trump said he didn’t know Fuentes would be at the dinner and had no idea who he was. “[Ye] he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, who I knew nothing about,” Trump said.

One person at the dinner, however, said Trump was impressed with Fuentes. “He was impressed with Nick and his knowledge of Trump World. Nick was familiar with the people and figures and speeches and rallies and what surrounded the Trump culture, particularly when it came to the grassroots,” Karen Giorno, a former Trump aide and senior adviser, told the Washington Post.

The meeting was categorically condemned.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League which campaigns against bigotry and anti-Semitism, condemned Trump’s meeting with Fuentes and expressed shock at the development.

“Nick Fuentes is among the most prominent and unrepentant anti-Semites in the country,” Greenblatt told The New York Times. “He IS a fierce bigot and known Holocaust denier who has been condemned by leading figures from both political parties here.”

Democrats joined the criticism. Democratic National Committee spokesman Ammar Moussa said in a statement that the move should see Trump – who recently announced a run for the White House in 2024 – barred from representing the Republican party.

“If this were any other party, breaking bread with Nick Fuentes would be an instant disqualification for Trump. The most extreme views have found a home in today’s Republican Maga party,” Moussa said.

Even some Republicans joined the chorus of condemnation.

“This is just another example of a terrible lack of judgment on Donald Trump’s part, which, combined with his previous negative judgments, makes him an untenable general election candidate for the Republican Party in 2024,” said Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey. , who may also run in 2024 and has become a critic of Trump, despite him being a close former ally.

David Friedman, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Israel, tweeted disapproval of meeting with both Fuentes and Ye, who also recently made anti-Semitic comments that have seen him miss out on a number of valuable corporate awards.

“A social visit from an anti-Semite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is also unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disown them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong,” Friedman tweeted.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, also criticized Trump.

“We strongly condemn the virulent anti-Semitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and call on all political leaders to dismiss their hate messages and refuse to meet with them,” Brooks told the Washington Post.

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