Donald Trump confirmed details about his controversial meeting in Mar-A-Lago earlier this week with Kanye West and his far-right guests, calling the rapper “a seriously concerned man” whose 2024 presidential campaign “can’t win.”
In a statement shared via Truth Social on Saturday night, the disgraced former president wrote, “So I’m helping a seriously troubled man who just so happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), decimating in his business and pretty much everything else , and who has always been good to me in agreeing to his request to meet in Mar-a-Lago alone so I can give him some much-needed ‘advice’.”
Trump then vaguely acknowledged Yes’s guests, which included white nationalist and anti-Semite Nick Fuentes, as well as Karen Giorno, a former MAGA strategist now recruited for West’s 2024 bid, confirmed via Politico. “[Ye] shows up with three people, two of whom I didn’t know, the other a politician I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, I can’t win. Fake news went CRAZY!”
Ye previously shared his version of events in a campaign video posted on Twitter, in which he told his recent “YE24” acquisition and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos that Trump was “impressed” with Fuentes and rebuffed his suggestion that the former president should serve as his running mate for 2024. The Yeezy founder also claimed Trump made snide remarks about his ex-wife Kim Kardashian before “starting yelling at the table and telling me I was losing. I mean has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ‘Wait, wait for Trump, you’re talking to Ye.’”
Not surprisingly, both dinner reports focus more on Trump’s scrutiny of Yes’s election chances than the undeniably more troubling company at the table. Aside from strengthening the alt-right movement throughout his presidency, Trump has continued to spread anti-Semitic sentiments on social media. Meanwhile, West has irreparably tarnished his legacy with ongoing anti-Semitic hate speech.