White House, some Republicans pan Trump for hosting Holocaust revisionist, Kanye

The White House condemned Donald Trump Saturday after the former president met at his Florida estate with a renowned Holocaust revisionist and with rapper Kanye West, who is embroiled in a storm over antisemitic remarks.

Trump acknowledged having dinner with West, who now is known as Ye, on Tuesday night at Mar-a-Lago and said he brought along friends, one of whom was Nick Fuentes, an outspoken antisemite and racist.

“I didn’t know Nick Fuentes,” Trump posted on his Truth Social account late Friday.

White House deputy press secretary Andrews Bates condemned Trump’s meeting with Fuentes, who is characterized as a white supremacist by the US Justice Department.

“Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America — including at Mar-a-Lago. Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned,” Bates said in a statement.

US President Joe Biden, who is spending the holiday weekend in Nantucket, ducked a question about Trump’s dinner. “You don’t wanna hear what I think,” he said.

US President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 11, 2018. ( SEBASTIAN SMITH / AFP)

Fuentes has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust and asserts that Israel has a malicious influence on US policy. His YouTube channel was permanently suspended in early 2020 for violating the platform’s hate speech policy. He attended the racist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the Stop the Steal rally on January 6 that led to an insurrection at the Capitol.

Fuentes said after the trip that, while he couldn’t rule out that Trump had heard of him, “I don’t think he knew that I was me at the dinner.”

“I didn’t mean for my statements and my whole background to sort of become a public relations problem for the president,” he added on his show.

“Everybody’s talking trash about me… [especially] these Jewish people,” Fuentes said.

Still, he indicated that he preferred Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to lead the Republican party ticket in 2024.

“This is a f**king nightmare,” an anonymous longtime Trump adviser told NBC News. “If people are looking at DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why.”

Trump announced his plans in mid-November to seek reelection in 2024, and his meeting with a white nationalist unsettled some of his one-time administration officials.

David Friedman, who was Trump’s former ambassador to Israel, blasted the dinner at…

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