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Aides to former President Donald Trump continue to try and ‘clean up’ his latest mess – an intimate dinner he had recently with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and the rapper once known as Kanye West.
Trump had dinner last Tuesday at his palatial estate in Palm Beach, Florida with West, who changed his name to “Ye,” and with Nick Fuentes, a prominent conservative activist who uses his online platform to tout white supremacy and spew antisemitism.
Trump has a history of turning a blind eye to racism. He said Klansmen and Neo-Nazis who held a ‘unite the right’ march in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017, were “very fine people, too.” And he once denied knowing anything about former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke despite the fact that he did a TV interview about a decade earlier calling Duke “a racist, a bigot, a problem.”
In a statement from the White House, spokesman Andrew Bates said: “Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America — including at Mar-A-Lago. Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned.”
Trump issued a written statement on Friday saying he had “never met and knew nothing about” Fuentes before he arrived with Ye at his club.