Former President Trump continues to deal with the fallout of meeting with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, both of whom have espoused various anti-Semitic talking points.
Trump claims his meeting was originally supposed to be just with West for dinner. The former president also remains adamant that Fuentes and others were brought by West to Mar-a-Lago without prior approval.
Nevertheless, these explanations from Trump aren’t stopping the backlash against him. People are saying he should have known better. Others are pointing out the poor optics of a scandal like this less than weeks after Trump declared his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
Now, one Republican congressman has come out and stated that Trump’s personal judgment could use some work, as reported by Breitbart News.
The Fallout Continues
Republican Rep. James Comer is one of the latest public figures to weigh in on the fallout Trump faces. During a sitdown with Meet the Press, Comer was directly questioned as to whether or not Trump made an error by having dinner with West and Fuentes.
The GOP lawmaker responded by stating the former president needs to exercise “better judgment” in situations like this. Comer then followed up by saying he personally would not have met with either Fuentes or West.
WATCH: In response to Trump meeting with Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) says Trump "needs better judgment in who he dines with."
"I wouldn't take a meeting with Kanye West either." pic.twitter.com/hRjIytbvmt
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 27, 2022
The congressman’s remarks follow Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson also publicly condemning Trump over the dinner guests he hosted at Mar-a-Lago. Hutchinson deemed the entire situation as “troubling” and said it lends credence to extremism.
Trump’s claims about not having known who Fuentes was have been widely criticized and not believed. Many of the former president’s critics are also pointing out the discretion he has in determining who is able to visit Mar-a-Lago, let alone stay for dinner.
The Plot Thickens
As this latest scandal continues to make headlines, claims from Kanye West contradict Trump’s assertion of not knowing who Fuentes was.
According to West, Trump was very much taken with the Holocaust denier, feeling as if Fuentes was able to understand him. West likewise claims that Trump began furiously screaming at him after West asked Trump to join his own ticket as vice president.
Trump was ‘really impressed’ after meeting with Holocaust revisionist, Kanye claims https://t.co/JUtUY8PRu8
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) November 25, 2022
The former president has since fired back via Truth Social, taking aim at West, his alleged ambitions to run in the 2024 election, and the issues he’s had in the business world amid a string of anti-Semitic comments.
At this rate, no one knows what scandal will come next for Trump. However, there’s no doubt that this Mar-a-Lago dinner won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
What do you think about the growing criticism against Trump for dining with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes? Do you believe this will adversely hurt the former president’s efforts to get back into the White House?
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