Leading Jewish figures are criticizing the former president Donald Trump for hosting a dinner at his Florida home that featured the white supremacist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, commonly known as Ye. Both have been charged with antisemitism due to remarks they made towards Jews, Fox News reports.
David Friedman, who was appointed as the Ambassador to Israel from 2017-2021 by Trump administration, advised the former president that he is better than meeting with antisemites like Kanye West, and white supremacists like Nick Fuentes.
Friedman’s comments come after a meeting Trump had with Fuentes, and Ye at Mar-a-Lago, which was heavily criticized by the Biden White House saying that prejudice, intolerance, and antisemitism have no place in the United States.
The Republican Jewish Coalition’s executive director, Matt Brooks, also condemned Trump for the trip, saying CBS News that they vehemently oppose the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and urge all political figures to reject their messages of hate and decline to meet with him.
Fuentes has been banned from a number of websites, most notably for a contentious remark that Fuentes has said was a “funny joke” and that questioned the number of Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has recently lost support from a number of businesses and sponsors as a result of social media posts criticizing Jewish figures in the media and music business, including one in which he threatened to commit “death con 3” on “jewish people.”
In comments made on TRUTH Social, Trump claimed that he was unaware of Fuentes and that the dinner’s main objective was to connect with Ye.
Trump announced that Ye, who was having certain problems, particularly those relating to his company, had asked him for advice.
He added that they had briefly spoken about politics during which he advised him not to run for president and advised any potential supporters to support TRUMP.