A Jewish advocacy group that honored former President Donald Trump earlier this month for his contributions to Israel slammed him for meeting with embattled rapper Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The Zionist Organization of America, fresh off awarding Trump its Theodor Herzl Medal at a gala ceremony Nov. 13 in Manhattan, released a statement on Sunday calling for the 45th president to condemn “in the strongest possible terms Jew-hater Kanye West and avowed holocaust denying, white supremacist, Jew-hater Nick Fuentes.”
“ZOA deplores the fact that President Trump had a friendly dinner with such vile antisemites,” a statement from the group read. “His dining with Jew-haters helps legitimize and mainstream antisemitism and must be condemned by everyone.”
Trump, 76, who announced Nov. 15 that he would mount another run for the White House, met with West, who goes by Ye, and Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last week but said he didn’t know who Fuentes was.
But West, who has been under fire since ranting on social media that he wanted to go “death con 3” on Jewish people, later released a video saying Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes.
The disgraced hip-hop star, who also says he’s running for president in 2024, claimed he asked Trump at the dinner to be his running mate.
Trump, who said West showed up at Mar-a-Lago for dinner with Fuentes in tow, tore into the rapper in a series of postings Saturday on his Truth Social platform.
“So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black Ye (Kanye West), who had been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who had 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,’” the former president said. “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!”
In another post, Trump said: “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.’
“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?” the former president added. “Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes.”