Trump's Dinner With White Nationalist Draws Backlash From McConnell
Last week, former president and 2024 candidate Donald Trump dined with rapper and fashion designer Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. The dinner was at Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. Ye brought a third guest to the dinner, Nick Fuentes, a right-wing media personality that AP described as a “Holocaust-denying white nationalist.”
For Context: Trump stated that he did not know who Fuentes was prior to the dinner and did not invite him. This was echoed in statements from Fuentes. Ye has also recently faced criticism for statements characterized across the spectrum as antisemitic. Trump announced a third run for the White House earlier this month.
Key Quotes: Reuters quoted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell stating, “there is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy, and anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States.” Fox News quoted Trump responding, stating that McConnell was “a loser for our nation and for the Republican Party.”
How the Media Covered It: The controversy is being covered across the spectrum. AP called it the “dinner disaster,” and used the story to claim the old Trump political playbook was no longer effective. Much coverage is focusing on the response from Republican leaders, such as Republican Senate leader McConnell and Republican House leader McCarthy, in line with the ongoing narrative of dissatisfaction among Republicans regarding Trump’s continued influence over the party.
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From the CenterTrump 'unlikely' to be president after hosting Fuentes, top Republican McConnell suggests
The top two Republicans in the U.S. Congress broke their silence on Tuesday about former President Donald Trump's dinner last week with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, saying the Republican Party has no place for antisemitism or white supremacy.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Representative Kevin McCarthy, who may become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when Republicans take control in January, had not commented previously on the Nov. 22 meeting.
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From the RightTrump fires back at 'loser' McConnell, says Fuentes' views 'wouldn't have been accepted' if raised at dinner
Former President Donald Trump fired back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him "a loser for our nation and for the Republican Party" while telling Fox News Digital that he did not know White nationalist Nick Fuentes, and had Fuentes expressed his views during their "very quick dinner," it "wouldn't have been accepted."
McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday condemned Trump for his dinner last week with Kanye West, aka Ye, and Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago, saying Trump is unlikely to be re-elected in 2024 due to the event.
From the LeftTrump’s dinner disaster sparks new rules for his campaign
Donald Trump is betting he can win his way back to the White House by reviving the outsider appeal that fueled his success in 2016.
But his dinner with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and a rapper who has spewed antisemitic conspiracies is demonstrating the risks of that approach. It underscores the dangers of his limited campaign operation and leaves the former president subject to stinging criticism from fellow Republicans who increasingly see him as a liability for their party after a lackluster showing in this year’s midterm elections.