Late last week, amid an already turbulent 2024 election cycle’s onset, some troubling news began to emerge from Mar-a-Lago: Donald Trump was dining with Nick Fuentes – an outright white supremacist who also happens to be a Holocaust denier.
The news had Trump supporters scrambling for answers, and it had his critics prematurely pouncing at the chance to inflict some damage on the presumptive 2024 GOP nominee.
This week, former President blamed the whole thing on Kanye West.
Former President Donald Trump dismissed Kanye West on Saturday as “seriously troubled” after the controversial rapper visited his home at Mar-a-Lago in Florida last week.
“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 on social media, referring to West’s multiple antisemitic rants that prompted major companies to exit from their media and fashion sponsorships with the rapper.
And that wasn’t all:
On social media, Trump said that West was expected to come alone and he did not know who West’s guests were.
“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,” he wrote, referring to West’s guests, which included former Trump aide Karen Giorno, who reportedly joined West’s campaign and was with Fuentes.
The former president also addressed West’s announcement that he would run for president in 2024.
“I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win,” Trump recalled.
The statement was a far cry from Trump’s previous takes on West, whom he had invited to the White House during his first term.