Monday 28 November 2022 02:11 PM Disgraced racist Kanye West dines out with white supremacist and holocaust ... trends now
Scandal-hit racist Kanye West last night dined with white supremacist and holocaust denier Nick Fuentes- days after they both paid ex-President Donald Trump a visit together at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Sporting an all-black outfit, Kanye, 45, known as Ye, stepped out with his hood over a camo cap for the meal with Fuentes, 24, at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica.
Fuentes, wearing a yellow YE24 jumper and black jacket with the same slogan, seemingly in a nod of support to Kanye's 2024 presidential bid, also donned sunglasses and a cross and chain for the dinner.
Both controversial figures have come under fire for their views, with Kanye making a series of anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews. Meanwhile, Fuentes is a vocal Holocaust denier and white supremacist who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP.
Sporting an all-black outfit, Kanye, 45, known as Ye, stepped out with his hood over a camo cap for the meal with Fuentes, 24, at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica
Fuentes, pictured, wearing a yellow YE24 jumper and black jacket with the same slogan, seemingly in a nod of support to Kanye's 2024 presidential bid, wore sunglasses and a cross and chain for the dinner
Their dinner came after Donald Trump was slammed for hosting a dinner with the men at his Mar-a-Lago estate last Tuesday.
The 45th president caused an outrage - even among some Republicans - when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a 'white supremacist,' at his Palm Beach home.
It is alleged that the ex-president repeatedly refused to criticize Nick Fuentes at the dinner. This was despite the fact he was told publicly and privately to do so after the meal as advisers were concerned about his personal and political image ahead of his 2024 election bid.
He also wrote no criticism of Fuentes on Truth Social even though advisers told him to. Trump apparently did not want to antagonize his base and dislikes confrontation so shied away from the move.
Fuentes, pictured, is a vocal Holocaust denier and white supremacist who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP
Pictured: Nick Fuentes steps out to dinner with Kanye West in Santa Monica last night
Kanye West tries to keep a low profile as he leaves Giorgio Baldi after dinner, pictured. Kanye has made a series of anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews
Amid the backlash over the dinner, Trump only played it down in three statements on Friday and did not mention Fuentes or his views.
He then angrily wrote that evening that Ye had not 'expressed no antisemitism' and 'I didn't know Nick Fuentes' which was the closest he came to acknowledging the controversies of the dinner.
On Saturday, Trump remained defiant amid calls to apologize, taking to his Truth Social app to claim he was only doing West a favor with the get-together. Trump posted: 'So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice.''
He added: 'He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn't know, the other a political person who I haven't seen in years. I told him don't run for office, a total waste of time, can't win. Fake News went CRAZY!'
It came after the rapper said in a video that he dined with Trump and that he 'started basically screaming' when West told him he wanted to run for president himself.
President Joe Biden on Saturday refused to comment on Donald Trump's impromptu dinner with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago.
'You don't want to know what I think,' he said in response to DailyMail.com's question while he was out shopping on Nantucket with wife Jill and daughter Ashley.
Biden, who is spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the island, was out for Small Business Saturday. He visited at least nine stores in the more than hour he spent walking around the downtown shopping area.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said of Donald Trump's meeting with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West: 'I would not take a meeting with- with that person, though. I wouldn't take a meeting with Kanye West either, but that's, that's my opinion'
Prominent Republicans yesterday condemned the dinner on Sunday news programs.
Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump 'needs better judgement in who he dines with.'
Outgoing Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is no stranger to criticizing Trump, called the face-to-face 'very troubling' and accused him of 'empowering' extremists.
'He certainly needs better judgment in who he dines with,' Kentucky Rep. Comer told NBC's Meet The Press when asked if the meeting was a 'mistake.'
'I know that he's issued a statement. He said he didn't know who those people were.'
He later added, 'I would not take a meeting with- with that person, though. I wouldn't take a meeting with Kanye West either, but that's, that's my opinion.'
Hutchinson, who has fueled speculation that he could challenge Trump with his own White House bid, told CNN's State Of The Union that the ex-president 'failed' to distance himself from and condemn an extremist wing of the GOP.
The term-limited Republican governor previously prosecuted white supremacist groups as a federal attorney in Arkansas.
'I hope, someday, we won't have to be responding to what former President Trump has said or done. In this instance, it's important to respond,' he said when asked about Trump's dinner.
'The last time I met with a white supremacist, it was in an armed standoff. I had a bulletproof vest on...And so, no, I don't think it's a good idea for a leader that is setting an example for the country or the party to meet with an avowed racist or antisemite.'
Hutchinson said it was 'very troubling and it shouldn't happen.'
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson accused Trump of 'empowering' extremists by meeting with the white supremancist
'I mean, you could have accidental meetings. Things like that happen. This was not an accidental meeting. It was a setup dinner with Kanye,' the governor said.
He added, 'We need to avoid those kinds of empowering the extremes. And when you meet with people, you empower. And that's what you have to avoid. You want to diminish their strength...Stay away from them.'
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as Trump's ambassador to Israel during his presidency, publicly blasted the former president for hosting the duo.
'To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,' he tweeted on Friday.
'Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.'
Trump, posting on his Truth Social account, was defiant amid the media criticism of the meeting with the embattled rapper and Fuentes
The 45th president caused an outrage - even among some Republicans - when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a 'white supremacist,' at his Palm Beach home. Ye, as the rapper West goes by now, was also present
Trump was reportedly 'very taken' with Fuentes during the impromptu dinner and was impressed by his ability to 'rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign' - but had no clue of his controversial background, sources told Axios.
The Justice Department in a 2021 complaint referred to Fuentes, an alt-right figure, as a 'white supremacist' and 'America First' podcaster.' In an episode of his podcast, Fuentes denied the Holocaust and compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven.
The dinner on Tuesday is the latest example of the former president associating himself with individuals with extreme or racist views despite his own son-in-law Jared Kushner being Jewish and his daughter Ivanka converting to Judaism before their wedding.
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as former President Trump's ambassador to Israel, publicly blasted Trump for hosting Nick Fuentes and Kanye West in Mar-a-Lago
Friedman tweeted on Friday that Trump was 'better than this' calling a social visit from an 'antisemite like Kanye West' and 'human scum like Nick Fuentes unacceptable'
Friedman followed up the tweet with another that pointed out that he condemned former President Barak Obama for associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright
Friedman continued in another tweet: 'I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright. This is no different. Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.'
As backlash against the former president continued on Twitter, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: 'Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in