After first denying that Nazi Nick Fuentes was at Mar-A-Lago for din-din on Tuesday, Trump took to Make-Believe-Twitter to claim that Ye, another virulent anti-Semite “very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about… ” Fuentes is a Ye campaign advisor. Yesterday, Chas Danner, tried to sort out what really happened when the 3 fascists sat down together on Tuesday night.
One of the guests who Ye brought was absolutely known to Trump— even if he wants to keep insisting Fuentes isn’t— Karen Giorno who ran Trump’s 2016 campaign in Florida.
Some of the now publicly available information comes from a professionally-produced Twitter-posted video conversation between Ye and another prominent Nazi, Milo Yiannopoulos, who Ye wants to run his own 2024 presidential campaign. Ye told Milo “that Trump was ‘really impressed’ with Fuentes. ‘Unlike so many of the lawyers and so many people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,’ West said of Fuentes… Fuentes, 24, is one of the most prominent young white supremacists in the U.S. He regularly expresses and promotes racist and antisemitic views and conspiracy theories, including denial of the Holocaust, and is the organizer of an annual white-supremacist gathering called the America First Political Action Conference. He is also a hard-core Trump supporter who is active on Trump’s Truth Social platform, was involved in the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement following Trump’s 2020 election defeat and was present at the January 6 Capitol riot. In 2017, Fuentes attended the deadly Unite the Right white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, whose participants Trump infamously praised as ‘very fine people’ afterward.”
Last night Trump was on his fake-Twitter platform again, whining that “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 has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-A-Lago, alone, so thatI can give him very much needed ‘advise.’ He shows up with 3 people, two of which I don’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!”
Giorno spoke with the Washington Post about the meeting:
Trump was quickly impressed by Fuentes and peppered him with questions, Giorno said. “He was impressed with Nick and his knowledge of Trump World,” she said. “Nick knew people and figures and speeches and rallies and what surrounded the Trump culture, particularly when it came to the base.”
And Trump wanted to talk about his campaign, including those who would run against him in 2024, his announcement speech and how he was going to win. Fuentes told Trump that he preferred when he was fiery and off-the-cuff, particularly as it related to his announcement speech, Giorno said. Trump repeatedly talked about his base and young voters, Giorno said. Another person familiar with the dinner said Trump liked Fuentes because he flattered him and encouraged his most pugilistic instincts.
“Did the president and Nick have a casual conversation about his past presidency, the announcement and style, and polling and prospects of other people coming into the primary, and what young people thought about him? Yeah they did,” Giorno said.
Giorno also spoke with Axios, although they didn’t identify her as their source. She told them that “Trump ‘seemed very taken’ with Fuentes, impressed that the 24-year-old was able to rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign. Paraphrasing the conversation, the source said Fuentes told the president he preferred him to be ‘authentic,’ and that Trump seemed scripted and unlike himself during his recent 2024 campaign announcement speech. Trump responded, ‘You like it better when I just speak off the cuff,’ the source said. Fuentes replied that he did, calling Trump an ‘amazing’ president when he was unrestrained. ‘There was a lot of fawning back and forth,’ the source added. Fuentes told Trump that he represented a side of Trump's base that was disappointed with his newly cautious approach, especially with what some far-right activists view as a lack of support for those charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Trump didn’t disagree with Fuentes, but said he has advisers who want him to read off teleprompters and be more ‘presidential.’ Notably, Trump referred to himself as a politician, which he has been loathe to do in the past. Fuentes also told Trump that he would crush potential 2024 Republican rivals in a primary, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Trump asked for Fuentes' opinion on other candidates as well. Trump at one point turned to Ye and said, ‘I really like this guy. He gets me,’ according to the source.”