Former President Donald Trump faced harsh criticism last week following reports that he had dinner with Rapper Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
The New York Post reported that Trump hit back this weekend by calling West “a seriously troubled man” and denying that he knew who Fuentes was.
Trump says West brought figures “I didn’t know” to dinner meeting
The former president made that claim in a statement posted on Saturday to his social media platform Truth Social.
“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,'” Trump said.
He then asserted that West brought along “3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years.”
The Post noted that West released a video following the dinner in which he accused Trump of insulting his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
“But then he goes on to say that Kim is a [expletive] and you can tell her I said that. And I was thinking like that’s the mother of my children,” West complained.
West voted “Anti-Semite of the Year”
Meanwhile, the Post also reported on Sunday that West has been voted “Anti-Semite of the Year” on the website StopAntisiemtism.org. West has caused controversy in recent months for making a series of antisemitic comments.
“The disgraced rapper & fashion mogul lost the vast majority of his billion dollar fortune after Adidas, Balenciaga, and many more parted ways with West after he went on a two week plus antisemitic tirade on social media and press interviews,” the website stated.
“Notably, West tweeted he was going to go “Death Con 3″ on Jews, many taking this as a direct threat on the Jewish community,” it added.
A representative for the website was quoted as telling the Post that “Ye is using his celebrity platform to promote anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and power and money.”
“It was a lose-lose situation, as it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, since he knew he would lose those contracts and business relationships whether they were owned by Jews or not, while also perpetuating a black Hebrew Israelite fringe belief about blacks being the real Jews,” the spokesperson added.