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Trump 'unlikely' to be president after hosting Fuentes, top Republican McConnell suggests

Economy Nov 29, 2022 05:11PM ET
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By Steve Holland and David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The top two Republicans in the U.S. Congress broke their silence on Tuesday about former President Donald Trump's dinner last week with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, saying the Republican Party has no place for antisemitism or white supremacy.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Representative Kevin McCarthy, who may become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when Republicans take control in January, had not commented previously on the Nov. 22 meeting.

Trump began his 2024 bid for the White House on Nov. 15, and is Republican voters' top choice, according to opinion polls.

"There is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy, and anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States," McConnell told reporters without mentioning Trump by name.

"That would apply to all of the leaders in the party who will be seeking offices," McConnell added, when asked if he would support Trump should he become the party's 2024 presidential nominee.

McCarthy was pressed for his thoughts on the Trump dinner by reporters at the White House, after talks with President Joe Biden.

"I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes," said McCarthy, currently the House minority leader. "His views are nowhere within the Republican Party or within this country itself."

Trump has said the encounter at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, was inadvertent, but the meeting has drawn rare criticism from fellow Republicans, some of whom accused Trump of empowering extremism.

Tuesday's comments were the first by McCarthy and McConnell to address the Trump dinner.

Fuentes has been described as a white supremacist by the U.S. Justice Department. The Anti-Defamation League said Fuentes once "'jokingly denied the Holocaust and compared Jews burnt in concentration camps to cookies in an oven.'"

While president, Trump was broadly criticized for not explicitly condemning white nationalists whose August 2017 rally on a college campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, was seen as having provoked violence with counter-protesters, one of whom was killed.

"You also had people that were very fine people on both sides," Trump said at the time.

PENCE CALLS FOR APOLOGY

Trump's former Vice President Mike Pence on Monday called for an apology from Trump for the meeting with Fuentes.

"President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologize," Pence said in a televised interview with NewsNation.

McCarthy mentioned that Trump said he didn't know who Fuentes was.

"I condemn his ideology. It has no place in society," he said of Fuentes.

Fuentes attended the dinner with Ye, the musician formerly known as Kanye West, who has also drawn widespread criticism for antisemitic comments.

"The president will have meetings with who he wants. I don't think anybody, though, should have a meeting with Nick Fuentes, and his views should come nowhere within the Republican Party or the country itself," McCarthy said.

Trump 'unlikely' to be president after hosting Fuentes, top Republican McConnell suggests
 

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gab nea
gab nea Dec 03, 2022 9:41AM ET
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after what McConnell and McCarthy did or did not do with the criminal in office do not deserve any respect from the voters. just go away, weaklings!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 30, 2022 4:40AM ET
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"I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes," said McCarthy, currently the House minority leader. "His views are nowhere within the Republican Party.......--- really ?  It's pretty clear that his views are within some part of the Republican Party, as much as you like to hope that's not the case.....
First Last
First Last Nov 30, 2022 4:40AM ET
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As I said earlier, Republicans who do NOT hold Nick's views were purged/demoted.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Nov 29, 2022 5:16PM ET
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Trumps legion of beta cuck, incels, and simps will kiss his feet and beg him to enter them from behind.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Nov 29, 2022 4:30PM ET
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of course ol'traitor trump will never be president again, but would love to see him and gop try, and then fail miserably
EL LA
EL LA Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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Kamala Harris' stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, modeled for Balenciaga's Paris runway show in front of Kanye West and Bella Hadid Ella during the summer. Just sayin'
First Last
First Last Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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It's possible to say pointless things.
EL LA
EL LA Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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First Last  You prove it daily.
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First Last Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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Prove that your post has relevance to this article.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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That was before Ye's comments. So, again, what is your point? If you just want to prove your are biased than we got it.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Nov 29, 2022 3:03PM ET
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EL La ..another of the maga movement , trying to undermine anything to do with biden or his Administration, and obviously an apologist of the bigoted racist actions of his dear leader Trump.
Red Maple
Red Maple Nov 29, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Took him long enough.
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First Last Nov 29, 2022 1:54PM ET
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"I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican Party,"  --  Lies.   It follows that anybody who does spend "any time with Nick Fuentes ... has no place in this Republican Party."  What kind of people have been purged from the Party most recently?
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First Last Nov 29, 2022 1:54PM ET
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* or purged from leadership positions
gab nea
gab nea Nov 29, 2022 12:46PM ET
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the Republican party base is now racists, bigots and anti semites, not mention enablers of liars, grifters and election deniers!
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Nov 29, 2022 12:46PM ET
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@gab nea, you'd think my toothpaste is racist lol.
Luis Echegaray Diaz
Luis Echegaray Diaz Nov 29, 2022 12:46PM ET
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Anyway Trump is gonna win 2024.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Nov 29, 2022 12:46PM ET
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You wish... LOL!!!
 
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