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Trump calls Kanye West 'seriously troubled man' after fallout from Mar-a-Lago dinner

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/27/2022 Brady Knox
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Former President Donald Trump further distanced himself from rapper Kanye West, calling him a "seriously troubled man" amid fallout from a dinner in which West brought along a controversial far-right figure.

Trump has released several statements distancing himself from the rapper since his dinner last week, in which Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, brought along three guests, including the controversial far-right personality Nick Fuentes, who hosts the web show American First. In a Truth Social post, Trump went to his greatest lengths yet, calling Ye "a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black," and claimed he was only trying to help the likely 2024 presidential candidate with his problems.


"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,'" Trump wrote. "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!"

Trump had previously confirmed the meeting with Ye and Fuentes, though he claimed he didn't know the far-right figure who came along as Ye's guest.

"Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business. We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, 'any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP,'" Trump wrote. "Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on 'Tucker Carlson.' Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes."

While many have questioned Trump's meeting with Ye, who has come under fire recently for antisemitic statements, most criticism has centered on the attendance of Fuentes.

Fuentes has been labeled a white supremacist and antisemitic Holocaust denier by both the Right and Left. Several prominent Republican figures expressed dismay over the dinner, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Fuentes said last year before a conservative conference he'd make the "most racist, sexist, antisemitic, Holocaust-denying speech in all of Dallas this weekend.” Yet, he has denied accusations of white supremacism and antisemitism and said previous comments were taken out of context or were made in jest.


The Washington Examiner reached out to Fuentes and Ye.


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Tags: Donald Trump, Kanye West, America First, Mar-a-Lago, 2024 Elections

Original Author: Brady Knox

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