Former President Donald Trump was reportedly smitten with conservative firebrand Nick Fuentes after Kanye “Ye” West brought him along for a group meeting at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night.
From Axios, “Trump talks with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago dinner”:
Behind the scenes: A source familiar with the dinner conversation told Axios 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.
– “To be honest, I don’t believe the president knew who the hell [Fuentes] was,” the source added.
Trump asked if Fuentes was on social media such as Truth Social, the former president’s alternative to Twitter.
– Fuentes told Trump that he was on Truth Social but had been banned from the social media platform Gettr because Trump adviser Jason Miller, the CEO of the company, wasn’t a fan of his.
– Trump asked whether it was because Fuentes was on the “fringe” of his supporter base, the source said. Fuentes acknowledged that he was, saying he’s “one of those people who got banned from everything.”
Driving the news: Ye, whose Twitter account was recently restored after being restricted for anti-Semitic comments, posted a video on Thursday night titled “Mar-a-Lago debrief.”
Ye claims in the video that Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes because “unlike so many of the lawyers and so many people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist.”
Ye shared multiple hype videos discussing the meeting and his presidential run on Twitter:
Ye also shared texts from a private group chat with himself, Milo Yiannopoulos and Fuentes speculating that Jason Miller leaked to the Daily Beast a false story that Fuentes was not at the meeting.
Trump tried to distance himself from Fuentes after the meeting in a brief post on Truth Social.
Notably, Trump did not disavow him.
The news of the three meeting predictably triggered mass outrage from the usual suspects.
Joel Pollak over at Breitbart used the incident to go on the attack against Fuentes and Trump.
Their top story on Friday was a hit piece attacking them both over the meeting.
The same author (and Breitbart generally) has been busy shilling for Pence and DeSantis.
Trump needs to learn real quick who his friends and enemies are.