by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 1, 2022) — At approximately noon on Thursday, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump denounced an Associated Press article claiming that “Trump’s campaign is putting new protocols in place to ensure that those who meet with him are approved and fully vetted.”

The article was prompted by a November 22 dinner meeting among Ye, formerly known as Kanye West; broadcaster Nick Fuentes and two other individuals at Trump’s South Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, at Ye’s request.

In October 2018, Ye, then known as Kanye West, met with Trump at the White House while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Ye has since angered many by making anti-Semitic and other controversial remarks, which saw him banned from Twitter, though reinstated recently. On the December 1, 2022 edition of “The Alex Jones Show,” Ye told Jones, while cloaked in a black mask, that “‘I See Good Things About Hitler,” among other remarks.

Fuentes, who hosts a show he calls, “America First,” is excoriated in the mainstream media as a “white supremacist” and “Holocaust denier,” claims The Post & Email has not independently verified. According to Conservapedia, “Nicholas Joseph Fuentes is an American paleoconservative political commentator, activist, internet personality, radio show host, and streamer. He is the founder and president of the America First Foundation, which advocates for populism, nationalism, Christian values and traditionalism, and seeks to battle the anti-white agenda, mass immigration, the Establishment, and Conservative Inc. They have run the annual AFPAC event, or the America First Political Action Conference, since 2020.”

“He is often slandered with terms such as ‘far right‘ ‘white nationalist‘ ‘white supremacist‘ [sic] by left-wing organizations like Wikipedia, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the ADL; he rejects these labels, and has publicly denied being a member of the alt-right,” the source further states.

On November 15, one week after the 2022 midterm elections, Trump announced he would seek the presidency in 2024.

On November 24, Ye announced he, too, is seeking the White House in 2024, as he did rather late in the 2020 election cycle.

According to Byron York of The Washington Examiner, one of the two others who dined with Trump and Ye was former Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos, who along with Fuentes is assisting Ye with his current campaign. In his “Daily Memo” of November 28, York wrote that “Fuentes and Yiannopoulos are joined in a quest to exploit West’s money and fame. But as far as politics is concerned, the greater similarity is that they are all lowlifes who should never be allowed near a former president of the United States, much less a current candidate for president. And yet Trump shared a table at Mar-a-Lago with them. The event quickly leaked because that is precisely what West, Fuentes, and Yiannopoulos intended. The usual suspects in the media and political world immediately denounced Trump. And in this case, they were correct; as a former president recently embarked on another campaign, Trump shouldn’t have anything to do with fringe figures such as Ye and his crew. And yet there they were.”

A former Breitbart editor who left engulfed in controversy, Yiannopoulos’s Amazon biography, which Yiannopoulos may have himself written, states he “is a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning reporter, an international political celebrity, a hair icon, a penitent and, to the annoyance of his many enemies, an exceedingly happy person. He is the most censored, most lied-about man in the world, banned from stepping foot on entire continents for his unapologetic commitment to free expression. He is also one of the most sought-after speakers anywhere, invited by foreign governments, wealthy individuals and even the occasional courageous private company to share his unique blend of laughter and war. Milo lurches from improbable triumph to improbable triumph, loathed by Establishment Left and Right alike. His first book, Dangerous, sold over 200,000 copies, despite never being reviewed in any major publication. Milo hosts a Friday night chat show on Censored.TV, which he describes as ‘a weekly late-night extravaganza of righteous indignation and casual cruelty.’”

According to the AP, whose reporter, Jill Colvin, Trump termed “very unreliable” and “untalented,” “Donald Trump is betting he can win his way back to the White House by reviving the outsider appeal that fueled his success in 2016. But his dinner with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and a rapper who has spewed antisemitic conspiracies is demonstrating the risks of that approach. It underscores the dangers of his limited campaign operation and leaves the former president subject to stinging criticism from fellow Republicans who increasingly see him as a liability for their party after a lackluster showing in this year’s midterm elections.”

On November 27, Trump commented on his TruthSocial platform that when he received Ye’s request to meet, he expected it to be “alone.”

An NBC News report from November 29 stated that Trump and Ye had been discussing a meeting “after weeks of private phone conversations as Ye lost lucrative partnerships and became a mainstream cultural pariah for his antisemitic remarks, according to those familiar with the talks between the two men.”

“Trump may have been walking into a trap” by meeting with Ye and his associates, NBC wrote, while The Post Millennial headlined a Thursday article with, “Lawyer Nick Gravante called Trump in the middle of the Kanye dinner to tell him it was a setup.”

According to The Post Millennial, Ye mistakenly sent a text message to Gravante which was intended for Fuentes, with both bearing the same first name.

On Thursday Trump refuted the AP’s criticism of Mar-a-Lago’s “security,” praising the assigned U.S. Secret Service detail. “…but when I know someone, as I did Ye, we’re not going to have my guests strip searched, thrown against walls, and otherwise physically beaten,” he wrote. “The anonymous sources don’t exist. Stories to the contrary are FAKE NEWS!”

Colvin further wrote that, “Trump is no stranger to controversies of his own creation. His 2016 campaign was fueled by an endless cycle of outrage. Trump would make an inflammatory statement, calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the country, saying John McCain was ‘not a war hero‘ because he was captured in Vietnam, or asserting an Indiana-born federal judge had ‘an absolute conflict‘ on a case because of his ‘Mexican heritage.’ Those comments would spur days of media coverage as critics responded with outrage, keeping Trump in the news.”

Trump did not comment further and has been silent on other matters since his noontime observation.

The Post & Email contacted Colvin for comment on Trump’s characterization of her abilities but did not hear back by press time.

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