Trump the dinner The debacle at Mar-a-Lago may have been an epic public troll, according to a report from NBC News.
Former President Donald Trump had planned a private dinner with Kanye West, who previously visited the Oval Office during Trump’s 2018 presidency. The dinner, two days before Thanksgiving, followed the announcement of Trump’s run for the White House and weeks of controversy for the rapper who was dropped from Adidas, P Morgan Chase and Balenciaga after a series of anti-Semitic remarks.
In a Truth Social post, Trump said he met with West to “help” him as he “has been decimated in his business and pretty much everything else” and that West “has always been good to me.” Of course, Trump did not acknowledge the West’s recent rash of anti-Semitism.
Yet the dinner soon turned into a public circus with the unexpected arrival of white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, who tagged along with West and his fellow dinner guest, alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
This was told by a long-time Trump adviser NBC News that it was clear Fuentes’ presence was part of a headline-grabbing coup to capitalize on Trump’s natural penchant for pomp and pageantry.
“Master troll turned troll,” said the advisor. “Kanye Punked Trump.”
Before anyone took a seat at the table, the plan was already laid. Trump made his grand entrance at 8pm on November 22nd. After receiving a standing ovation and applause from everyone in the dining room, the former president sat down with West, Fuentes and Yiannopoulos at a reserved patio table, according to Fuentes.
“He greeted us and he invited Ye to dinner and Ye said he would take us to the table,” Fuentes said NBC News. “So we went in and Ye took some pictures with some of the guests in the dining room and then we sat down at the table.”
Although Trump has since denied knowing Fuentes or his background prior to the dinner, a claim Fuentes confirmed, the aftermath of the meeting has drawn harsh criticism from Trump’s own Republican Party and allies, including two elected Republicans, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Rep. James Comer of Kentucky.
An unnamed Trump adviser called the situation “a fucking nightmare.” “If people are watching [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason,” they said NBC News.
As Trump’s team has struggled to quell the media backlash from Republicans and Democrats alike, Yiannopoulos appears to be taking credit for the Trump trap.
Yiannopoulos – who has been accused of advocating pedophilia, which resulted in his resignation at Breitbart – claimed to be the “architect” behind the plan to sneak Fuentes into West’s dinner with Trump. He said the goal was for Fuentes to give Trump a rough picture of how some of his base of support views his presidential bid. NBC News reports.
According to NBC News, Yiannopoulos convinced former Trump 2016 campaign adviser Karen Giorno to drive west to Mar-a-Lago. He claimed he wanted Giorno to get West up to speed on Trump and politics.
West was also accompanied by a parent of a student at Donda Academy, which has since closed for a year following West’s anti-Semitic comments.
Giorno stated that Yiannopoulos only said that West would bring two people, including one named “Nick.” Yiannopoulos confirmed he gave Giorno limited information and also said she was unaware of the plan to confront Trump.
Heading to Mar-a-Lago, Giorno said in an interview with NBC Newsthat she realized Ye and his guests were not properly dressed for their dinner with Trump.
“You’re all wearing jeans. Didn’t they tell you about the dress code?” she said, she asked.
Ye said he was unaware of the expected attire and that “I doubt Nick will come in anyway.”
“Nick,” she said, she asked, “what’s your last name?”
After Fuentes told her his last name, Giorno said she thought, “I’m going to kill Milo.”
Yiannopoulos, who West reportedly tapped to join his campaign team, stated that Fuentes serves in an advisory capacity to the rapper.
“I wanted to show Trump the kind of talent that he’s missing out on by letting his terrible handlers dictate who he can and can’t hang out with,” Yiannopoulos said. NBC News.
“I also wanted to send a message to Trump that he has systematically repeatedly neglected, ignored, abused the people who love him the most, the people who put him in office, and that kind of behavior comes back to bite you in the end,” he continued.
Yiannopoulos added that he planned the evening “just to make Trump’s life miserable” as word of the dinner spread beyond the gilded walls of Mar-a-Lago.
Fuentes supported Yiannopoulos: “I hate to say it, but the chickens are coming home to roost. You know, this is the frustration of his base and his true loyalists.”
Trump was furious that West and his dinner guest had assaulted him, reports confirm. The dinner reportedly became heated after West, who is planning his own presidential run in 2024, suggested to Trump that the former president become his running buddy. In a video posted after the Mar-a-Lago dinner, West said that “Trump basically started screaming at me at the table and telling me I was going to lose. I mean, has that ever worked for anybody in history? I’m like, wait a minute, what are you talking about Yes.”
“I told him don’t run for office, total waste of time, he can’t win,” Trump wrote Saturday on Truth Social. Although Trump has repeatedly denied knowing Fuentes — who has been labeled a “white supremacist” by the Anti-Defamation League — before the dinner, he has yet to condemn Fuentes’ history of hate speech.
Critics of the former president say he is reluctant to distance himself from racists as they form part of his political base, according to reports.
On Monday, West was again joined by Fuentes and Yiannopoulos during a podcast with Tim Pool. West briefly discussed the dinner, confirming “Trump had no idea who Nick Fuentes was.” However, the live interview was cut short after the trio stormed out of the studio following backlash over anti-Semitic claims.
Trump’s campaign is currently working on new investigation procedures to ensure that someone like Fuentes and the former president never break bread at the same table again, two sources told the plans. NBC News.
“He shows up with 3 people, two of them I didn’t know, the other a political person I haven’t seen in years,” the former president wrote on Truth Social. “Fake news turned WATER!”