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Some Republicans criticize Trump for meeting with white supremacist

World Nov 27, 2022 01:20PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for U.S. president in the 2024 U.S. presidential election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some Republicans on Sunday criticized Donald Trump for dining with white supremacist Nick Fuentes at the former president's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, even as Trump said the encounter was inadvertent.

Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson accused Trump of empowering extremism.

"I don't think it's a good idea for a leader who's setting an example for the country or the party to meet with an avowed racist or anti-Semite," Hutchinson told CNN.

Representative James Comer, a Republican lawmaker from Kentucky, said Trump needed "better judgment (on) who he dines with."

"I would not take a meeting with that person," Comer told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Trump earlier this month said he plans to seek the Republican nomination to run for the White House again in 2024, though he could face challengers to that bid, including from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Fuentes has been described as a white supremacist by the U.S. Justice Department and he attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally in Washington that preceded the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters. The Anti-Defamation League said Fuentes once "'jokingly' denied the Holocaust and compared Jews burnt in concentration camps to cookies in an oven.'"

Trump said the encounter with Fuentes happened during a dinner meeting last week with the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who himself has drawn widespread criticism for making anti-Semitic statements.

Trump in a message on his Truth Social media site said he met with Ye and "we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on 'Tucker Carlson.'

"Why wouldn't I agree to meet? Also, I didn't know Nick Fuentes," Trump wrote.

The White House slammed Trump, saying in a statement that "bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America — including at Mar-A-Lago."

President Joe Biden shrugged off a question from reporters about the incident, saying: "You don't want to hear what I think."

David Friedman, Trump's former ambassador to Israel, said anti-Semites "deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left."

"To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable," Friedman wrote on Twitter.

Some Republicans criticize Trump for meeting with white supremacist
 

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gab nea
gab nea Nov 28, 2022 9:16AM ET
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some Republicans? you mean the rest are anti semite, racist bigots?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 28, 2022 9:16AM ET
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Let us know when you wake up.
JIM VETTER
JIM VETTER Nov 27, 2022 9:55PM ET
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Trump's days are over. DeSantis will be the GOP nominee in 2024
Erski Gumby
SB20 Nov 27, 2022 9:55PM ET
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Then the libtärds will be in real trouble.
Jason Moreira
Rolln Nov 27, 2022 4:07PM ET
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Because he’s an id1ot, and so are his supporters
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 27, 2022 3:26PM ET
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"Some."
Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Nov 27, 2022 2:54PM ET
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Trump should know better than to do this.
Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Nov 27, 2022 2:53PM ET
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Trump should know better than do do this.
First Last
First Last Nov 27, 2022 2:53PM ET
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People who voted for him "should know better".
JIM VETTER
JIM VETTER Nov 27, 2022 2:53PM ET
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as opposed to voting for the witch Clinton or senile Joe. None are great choices.
First Last
First Last Nov 27, 2022 2:53PM ET
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JIM VETTER   They don't need to be great choices, just better than Trump.
JIM VETTER
JIM VETTER Nov 27, 2022 2:53PM ET
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First Last and they are/ were not
Bett Albern
Bett Albern Nov 27, 2022 2:37PM ET
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I believe President Trump when he says he did not know Fuentes.  This Propaganda News has to stop.  They can twist and turn everything and make it look like Biden is 30 years old with a beach body.
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First Last Nov 27, 2022 2:37PM ET
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This is about Trump.  Stay focused.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 27, 2022 2:37PM ET
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First Last  yeah but what about Hunter Biden???
Erski Gumby
SB20 Nov 27, 2022 2:37PM ET
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First Last That’s true. This is NOT about Resident Brandon.
jason xx
jason xx Nov 27, 2022 2:11PM ET
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human scum lol
henry molina
henry molina Nov 27, 2022 12:21PM ET
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stop the bad business and pay attention to china!!!
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Hunter agrees.
 
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