Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist

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Former President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night had dinner with Nick Fuentes, an outspoken antisemite and racist who is one of the country’s most prominent young white supremacists, at Mr. Trump’s private club in Florida, advisers to Mr. Trump conceded on Friday.
Also at the dinner was the performer Kanye West, who has also been condemned for making antisemitic statements. Mr. West traveled to meet with Mr. Trump at the club, Mar-a-Lago, and brought Mr. Fuentes along, the advisers said.
The fourth attendee at the four-person dinner, Karen Giorno — a veteran political operative who worked on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign as his state director in Florida — also confirmed that Mr. Fuentes was there. Attempts to reach Mr. Fuentes through an intermediary on Friday were unsuccessful.
In recent years, Mr. Fuentes, 24, has developed a high profile on the far right and forged ties with such Republican lawmakers as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, largely through his leadership of an annual white-supremacist event called the America First Political Action Conference.
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A Holocaust denier and unabashed racist, Mr. Fuentes openly uses hateful language on his podcast, in recent weeks calling for the military to be sent into Black neighborhoods and demanding that Jews leave the country.

It is unclear how much Mr. Trump knew of Mr. Fuentes’s well-documented bigotry and extremism before their dinner. In a statement, Mr. Trump said: “Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about.”
The statement said nothing about Mr. Fuentes’s views.
Even taking at face value Mr. Trump’s protestation that he knew nothing of Mr. Fuentes, the apparent ease with which Mr. Fuentes arrived at the home of a former president who is under multiple investigations — including one related to keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago long after he left office — underscores the undisciplined, uncontrolled nature of Mr. Trump’s post-presidency as he embarks on a third campaign for the White House.
“This is just another example of an awful lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which, combined with his past poor judgments, make him an untenable general election candidate for the Republican Party in 2024,” said Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey and onetime close ally of Mr. Trump’s who is considering a candidacy of his own.
In a statement that did not name Mr. Trump but was issued in response to the Fuentes dinner, Matt Brooks, chief executive of the Republican Jewish Coalition said, “We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, and call on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to meet with them.”

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Mr. Fuentes, who attended the bloody far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, is best known for running a white nationalist youth organization known as America First, whose adherents call themselves groypers or the Groyper Army. In the wake of Mr. Trump’s defeat in 2020, Mr. Fuentes and the groypers were involved in a series of public events supporting the former president.
At a so-called “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington in November 2020, Mr. Fuentes urged his followers to “storm every state capitol until Jan. 20, 2021, until President Trump is inaugurated for four more years.” The following month, at a similar event, Mr. Fuentes led a crowd in chanting “Destroy the G.O.P.,” and urged people not to vote in the January 2021 Georgia Senate runoff elections.
On Jan. 6, 2021, Mr. Fuentes led a large group of groypers to the Capitol where they rallied outside in support of Mr. Trump. The next day, Mr. Fuentes wrote on Twitter that the assault on the Capitol was “awesome and I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t.”
At least seven people with connections to his America First organization have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the Capitol attack. In January, Mr. Fuentes was issued a subpoena by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol seeking information about his role in it.
Mr. Christie speculated that hosting Mr. West and Mr. Fuentes served a desire particular to Mr. Trump: “He can’t stand not having attention all the time,” Mr. Christie said. “And so, having someone show up at his club — even if you believe that he didn’t know who Nick Fuentes was — and want to sit with him, feeds the hunger he feels for the attention he’s missing since he left the presidency.”
Mr. West, who ran for president in 2020 and has said he will run again in 2024, posted on Twitter a video in which he described the dinner. He claimed that Mr. Trump was “really impressed” with Mr. Fuentes.
Mr. West also said that he asked Mr. Trump to serve as his running mate and claimed that Mr. Trump spoke derogatorily about Mr. West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
Citing people close to Mr. Trump, some earlier news coverage of Mr. West’s visit to Mar-a-Lago falsely reported that Mr. Fuentes did not attend the dinner.

 

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Smart move by Trump. After getting owned in the midterms, he'll need to rally his white nationalist base. It's not a winning recipe, but the tens of millions of racists making up the core of the GOP is still his best opportunity to control the party.
 

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Rev. Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 14,000 member First
Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. He was one of Donald Trump's
most vocal evangelical supporters. On November 17, 2022,
he announced that he will no longer endorse Donald Trump
for President in 2024.

Bottom Line: This is just the beginning of evangelicals who
are fed up with Donald Trump. Some say they were "used"
by Trump and no longer have respect for him.
 

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Smart move by Trump. After getting owned in the midterms, he'll need to rally his white nationalist base. It's not a winning recipe, but the tens of millions of racists making up the core of the GOP is still his best opportunity to control the party.
Its astonishing that the leader of the Republican party is openly collaborating with an extreme white nationaist AND NOT A SINGLE GOP SENATOR OR OTHER TOP GOP OFFICIAL REGISTERS AN OBJECTION !!

This confirms two suspected post-election developments:

1) as you stated, Trump is consolidating his grip on the party by shoring up support among the bigots and racists, a large segment of the party; and

2) the so-called "traditional conservative" wing of the party is still scared shitless of Trump and his core suppoters to register even a mild complaint (in public).
 

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Its astonishing that the leader of the Republican party is openly collaborating with an extreme white nationaist AND NOT A SINGLE GOP SENATOR OR OTHER TOP GOP OFFICIAL REGISTERS AN OBJECTION !!

This confirms two suspected post-election developments:

1) as you stated, Trump is consolidating his grip on the party by shoring up support among the bigots and racists, a large segment of the party; and

2) the so-called "traditional conservative" wing of the party is still scared shitless of Trump and his core suppoters to register even a mild complaint (in public).
It's also why I don't think DeSantis runs. Trump has already declared, is already fundraising, and is already doing grassroots outreach with his racist base. What is DeSantis doing? Can he really spot Trump all this time and be viable?
 
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Rev. Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 14,000 member First
Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. He was one of Donald Trump's
most vocal evangelical supporters. On November 17, 2022,
he announced that he will no longer endorse Donald Trump
for President in 2024.

Bottom Line: This is just the beginning of evangelicals who
are fed up with Donald Trump. Some say they were "used"
by Trump and no longer have respect for him.
Lol…so much of that is hysterically funny. Gotta love that he thinks he was “used” by Trump. I’m very curious as to how RJ justified his “respect” for Trump…EVER?
 
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Not linking, but I see that Chris Christie has poked his nose out a little and condemned the dinner. He'd have more legitimacy if he hadn't spent 2016-2021 enabling and fluffing Trump, while simultaneously leaking to everyone writing a book about Trump. Christie almost died from Covid that he got from Trump, and he still wouldn't condemn the man. But, now that he's probably edging towards a 2024 presidential run, and hoping for a top post in a Republican administration as a consolation prize, he's had enough!!
 

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I see that Trump is lying and says he had no idea who Fuentes is until after the dinner at Mar A Lago, which was excellent, by the way, and many, many people were there that night.
Complete strangers don’t wind up passing Secret Service background checks and a heads up to the staff. Even as dysfunctional as Trump’s staff is. Fuentes ate with Trump because he relentlessly praises Trump. That’s all that it takes to sit with Trump at dinner.
 

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Former President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night had dinner with Nick Fuentes, an outspoken antisemite and racist who is one of the country’s most prominent young white supremacists, at Mr. Trump’s private club in Florida, advisers to Mr. Trump conceded on Friday.
Also at the dinner was the performer Kanye West, who has also been condemned for making antisemitic statements. Mr. West traveled to meet with Mr. Trump at the club, Mar-a-Lago, and brought Mr. Fuentes along, the advisers said.
The fourth attendee at the four-person dinner, Karen Giorno — a veteran political operative who worked on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign as his state director in Florida — also confirmed that Mr. Fuentes was there. Attempts to reach Mr. Fuentes through an intermediary on Friday were unsuccessful.
In recent years, Mr. Fuentes, 24, has developed a high profile on the far right and forged ties with such Republican lawmakers as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, largely through his leadership of an annual white-supremacist event called the America First Political Action Conference.
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A Holocaust denier and unabashed racist, Mr. Fuentes openly uses hateful language on his podcast, in recent weeks calling for the military to be sent into Black neighborhoods and demanding that Jews leave the country.

It is unclear how much Mr. Trump knew of Mr. Fuentes’s well-documented bigotry and extremism before their dinner. In a statement, Mr. Trump said: “Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about.”
The statement said nothing about Mr. Fuentes’s views.
Even taking at face value Mr. Trump’s protestation that he knew nothing of Mr. Fuentes, the apparent ease with which Mr. Fuentes arrived at the home of a former president who is under multiple investigations — including one related to keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago long after he left office — underscores the undisciplined, uncontrolled nature of Mr. Trump’s post-presidency as he embarks on a third campaign for the White House.
“This is just another example of an awful lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which, combined with his past poor judgments, make him an untenable general election candidate for the Republican Party in 2024,” said Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey and onetime close ally of Mr. Trump’s who is considering a candidacy of his own.
In a statement that did not name Mr. Trump but was issued in response to the Fuentes dinner, Matt Brooks, chief executive of the Republican Jewish Coalition said, “We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, and call on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to meet with them.”

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Mr. Fuentes, who attended the bloody far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, is best known for running a white nationalist youth organization known as America First, whose adherents call themselves groypers or the Groyper Army. In the wake of Mr. Trump’s defeat in 2020, Mr. Fuentes and the groypers were involved in a series of public events supporting the former president.
At a so-called “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington in November 2020, Mr. Fuentes urged his followers to “storm every state capitol until Jan. 20, 2021, until President Trump is inaugurated for four more years.” The following month, at a similar event, Mr. Fuentes led a crowd in chanting “Destroy the G.O.P.,” and urged people not to vote in the January 2021 Georgia Senate runoff elections.
On Jan. 6, 2021, Mr. Fuentes led a large group of groypers to the Capitol where they rallied outside in support of Mr. Trump. The next day, Mr. Fuentes wrote on Twitter that the assault on the Capitol was “awesome and I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t.”
At least seven people with connections to his America First organization have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the Capitol attack. In January, Mr. Fuentes was issued a subpoena by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol seeking information about his role in it.
Mr. Christie speculated that hosting Mr. West and Mr. Fuentes served a desire particular to Mr. Trump: “He can’t stand not having attention all the time,” Mr. Christie said. “And so, having someone show up at his club — even if you believe that he didn’t know who Nick Fuentes was — and want to sit with him, feeds the hunger he feels for the attention he’s missing since he left the presidency.”
Mr. West, who ran for president in 2020 and has said he will run again in 2024, posted on Twitter a video in which he described the dinner. He claimed that Mr. Trump was “really impressed” with Mr. Fuentes.
Mr. West also said that he asked Mr. Trump to serve as his running mate and claimed that Mr. Trump spoke derogatorily about Mr. West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
Citing people close to Mr. Trump, some earlier news coverage of Mr. West’s visit to Mar-a-Lago falsely reported that Mr. Fuentes did not attend the dinner.

Shouldn’t the article be more curious as to how Fuentes came as a guest of Kanye West?
 

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Shouldn’t the article be more curious as to how Fuentes came as a guest of Kanye West?
I imagine something like “Sir, Kanye arrived with another guest. Do you want to let him in” “Yes, he can come with” then the pat downs and everything else.

Wasn’t a smart move to have dinner with Kanye, much less let him bring someone else you don’t know
 

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I imagine something like “Sir, Kanye arrived with another guest. Do you want to let him in” “Yes, he can come with” then the pat downs and everything else.

Wasn’t a smart move to have dinner with Kanye, much less let him bring someone else you don’t know
Umm, Kanye arrives with an alleged white supremacist? I mean, wouldn’t the article focus more on that? How does an alleged white supremacist and a black guy end up going to a place together for dinner? Of course, the big picture here is on Trump. 😂
 

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Absolutely dumb to have Kayne around him. Never heard of Nick Fuentes.

There is no way that Trump has handlers who attempt to give him feedback.
It would make no difference with Filthy DON, hes doing it his way.
 

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Umm, Kanye arrives with an alleged white supremacist? I mean, wouldn’t the article focus more on that? How does an alleged white supremacist and a black guy end up going to a place together for dinner? Of course, the big picture here is on Trump. 😂
They're both attention seekers. Perhaps flatout trolls. The Fuentes kid reminds me a bit of Milo Yiannopoulos
 

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Absolutely dumb to have Kayne around him. Never heard of Nick Fuentes.

There is no way that Trump has handlers who attempt to give him feedback.
I highly doubt you don’t know who Fuentes is. You vote for the same people this racist clown loves. He’s becoming a voice in your white nationalist party.
 

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These are the clowns who will supposedly be investigating the FBI and Merrick Garland in the next Congress.

Trump will essentially direct or at least heavily influence the GOP House agenda the next two years. McCarthy is in Trump's back pocket and the MAGA caucus (Jordan, MTG, Gosar, Biggs, et.al.) will make sure he stays there. House GOP Chair Elise Stefanic just endorsed Trump for president 2024.

How can Trump host a lunatic celebrity and a famous white supremicist leader and not be challenged by Republican party officials?

a) because Trump has taken firm control of the GOP; and
b) lunatics, white supremicists, and their sympathizers have a home there.