Kanye West has slammed Donald Trump as a known liar after the ex-president called the disgraced rapper a ‘deeply troubled man’ following their controversial Mar-a-Lago dinner.
The hip-hop star, who has been airing a series of vile anti-Semitic rants and racist outbursts, was hosted at Trump’s Florida estate alongside white nationalist Nick Fuentes last week.
The dinner caused an outrage even among Republicans that the 45th president was entertaining Fuentes, a self-described homophobic white supremacist, while West has been dropped by major brands for his bigotry.
After the backlash, Trump tried to distance himself from the meeting, and said he was only ‘trying to help a seriously troubled man’ in West.
But the rapper, who dined last night with another of Kim Kardashian’s exes Ray J, along with Milo Yiannopoulos, has now hit back on the Timcast IRL podcast with Tim Pool, saying: ‘I would have never wanted to do anything that hurt Trump.
‘I’m on Trump’s side. Trump said things that hurt me. He lied about me, but I mean, he’s known for lying.
‘I went into the trenches for Trump … There is no one in my position that wore that hat.’
Kanye West is pictured last night before a dinner with Ray J and Milo Yiannopoulos as he faces a backlash over his anti-Semitism
The hip-hop star, who has been airing a series of vile anti-Semitic remarks in a bizarre 2024 presidential campaign tour, was hosted at Trump’s Florida estate alongside white nationalist Nick Fuentes last week (pictured together)
West, who later stormed out of the live interview, also revealed that alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos had arranged the meeting with Trump and Fuentes after the rapper tweeted ‘death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE’ last month.
The dinner was seen as Trump moving even further to the right by embracing high-profile racist figures.
But he later posted on Truth Social: ‘So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed ‘advice.”
He added: ‘He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!’
Speaking on Timcast, West defended himself after being dropped by major brands and losing a fortune over his anti-Semitism.
He said: ‘I thought I was more Malcolm X, but I found out I’m more MLK. As I’m getting hosed down every day by the press and financially, I’m just standing there.
After the backlash, Trump tried to distance himself from the meeting, and said he was only ‘trying to help a seriously troubled man’
The 45th president caused an outrage – even among some Republicans – when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a ‘white supremacist,’ at his Palm Beach home
‘When I found out they tried to put me in jail, it was like a dog was biting my arm, and I almost shed a tear. Almost. But I still walked in stride through it.’
Pool responded that ‘they have been extremely unfair to you’ but they then clashed over who he meant by ‘they’, with West saying Jewish people control the media, a common anti-Semitic trope.
West said: ‘We can’t say who “they” is.’
Pool replied: ‘Corporate press. I don’t use the word as the way, I guess, you guys use.’
Fuentes then added: ‘It is them, though, isn’t it?’
Pool replied: ‘No, it’s not.’
This prompted West to storm off the set, as he exclaimed: ‘What do you mean it’s not?’
Many senior Republicans, including ex-vice president Mike Pence, said it was ‘wrong’ of Trump to invite West and Fuentes to dinner.
‘President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite and Holocaust denier, a seat at the table and I think he should apologize for it,’ Pence said in an interview with NewsNation that aired last night. ‘And he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification.’
But Pence also defended his former running mate – who he had a falling out with after he refused to overturn the 2020 election results when he chaired the joint session of Congress on January 6.
‘With that being said, as I point out in the book as well, I don’t believe Donald Trump is an Anti-Semite. I don’t believe he’s a racist or a bigot. I would not have been his vice president if he was,’ Pence continued.
He pointed out how Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, and that their three children are Jewish.
‘His grandchildren are Jewish,’ Pence said of Trump.
Pence indicated that he believed the ‘broad brush of attack that media leveled at him’ was unfair.
‘But I think the president demonstrated profoundly poor judgment in giving those individuals a seat at the table and as I said, I think he should apologize for it. He should denounce them without qualification,’ Pence added.
Former Vice President Mike Pence (right) said Monday that former President Donald Trump should apologize for having dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes
Former President Donald Trump and Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, dined together alongside Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday
Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, dined with former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday
Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump ‘needs better judgement in who he dines with.’
Sen. Susan Collins, a prominent centrist Republican, told reporters Monday, ‘I condemn white supremacy and antisemitism. The president should never have had a meal or even a meeting with Nick Fuentes.’
Collins was among the seven Republican senators to vote in favor of Trump’s second impeachment. As was Sen. Bill Cassidy, who also condemned Trump Monday.
‘President Trump hosting racist antisemites for dinner encourages other racist antisemites. These attitudes are immoral and should not be entertained. This is not the Republican Party,’ Cassidy tweeted.
Asked about the dinner by NBC News, retiring Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said ‘it was wrong and inappropriate to have that meeting.’
‘White supremacy has no place in our nation’s culture and it’s antithetical to anything we stand for as Americans.’
Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott agreed.
Former President Donald Trump launched his 2024 bid for the White House a week before his sit-down with a white nationalist
‘There’s no room in the Republican Party for white supremacist antisemitism, so it’s wrong,’ Scott said.
Senate Minority Whip John Thune said that Trump should fire whatever adviser allowed the meet-up to occur.
‘Well, that’s just a bad idea on every level. I don’t know who is – who’s advising him on his staff, but I hope that whoever that person was got fired,’ Thune said, according to NBC News.
Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is no stranger to criticizing Trump, called the face-to-face ‘very troubling’ and accused him of ’empowering’ extremists.
Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp – who resisted pressure from Trump to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election result – told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that ‘racism, antisemitism and denial of the Holocaust have no place in the Republican Party and are completely un-American.’
The paper reported that Georgia’s Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker declined to comment on the dinner.
Walker has been endorsed by Trump.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blew off a request for comment Monday as he entered the Senate chamber.
‘I’m going to have my usual stakeout tomorrow after lunch, and I’d be happy to take your questions then,’ McConnell told a reporter for Axios.
Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy condemned Trump’s dinner with Fuentes and West in a Monday tweet. Cassidy was one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection during his second impeachment trial
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called former President Donald Trump ‘disgusting’ for having dinner with ‘notorious bigot’ Nick Fuentes in a floor speech Monday
On Saturday, President Joe Biden told DailyMail.com, ‘you don’t want to know what I think,’ when asked for his reaction to the dinner.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre added Monday that ‘this president totally rejects bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and there is just no place for these types of vile forces in our society.’
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump ‘disgusting’ for having dinner with the ‘notorious bigot’ Fuentes in a floor speech Monday.
‘Last week, it was reported that Donald Trump, the former president of the United States and Republican standard bearer, had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with a notorious bigot, who fancies himself a leading thinker on the extreme edges of the hard right, embracing everything from white nationalism, to antisemitism to outright Holocaust denial,’ Schumer said. ‘For a former president, to sit down and have dinner with a high profile anti-Semite is disgusting, and dangerous.’
Schumer then called it ‘pure evil’ that Trump gave Fuentes an audience over dinner.
‘Even assuming the former president didn’t realize Mr. Fuentes was coming to Mar-a-Lago, for him to refuse to condemn Fuentes and his bigoted words after the dinner is appalling and it is dangerous.’
The New York Democrat, who is Jewish, said he was happy that some of Trump’s allies, including fellow Jews, are pushing him to ‘do the right thing’ and ‘condemning this vicious anti-Semite.’ ‘Since the former president does not seem to have the honor. The decency the humanity to do it on his own,’ Schumer added.
‘I vociferously condemn the former president’s decision to meet with his anti-Semite and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same,’ Schumer encouraged.
Trump was reportedly ‘very taken’ with Holocaust denier Fuentes during an impromptu sit-down.
Sources told Axios the former president was impressed by his ability to ‘rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign’ – but he had no clue of his controversial background.
The far-right political commentator compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven
The Justice Department in a 2021 complaint referred to Fuentes, an alt-right figure, as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘America First’ podcaster.’
In an episode of his podcast, Fuentes ‘jokingly’ denied the Holocaust and compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven.
One source who spoke with NBC News told the outlet Trump was taken by Fuentes who: ‘presented as statistician’.
They added: ‘He was very knowledgeable of polls and Trump’s campaign. Trump was very impressed but Trump didn’t know who he was.’
NBC News has since reported those close to Trump have since been thrown into a tail-spin by the fallout from the meeting, despite the former president allegedly having no prior knowledge of who Fuentes was.
‘This is a f***ing nightmare,’ said one longtime Trump adviser who spoke anonymously.
The source went on to say they are concerned that the meeting could impact Trump’s chances at taking the Republican nomination in 2024.
‘If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why,’ the source said.
In an earlier post on Truth Social, Trump said: ‘This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,’ the ex-president said in an earlier post on the right-wing social media app.
‘We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.’
West had previously revealed that Trump – who has already announced he’d be running for the White House in 2024 – rejected the rapper’s request to be the ex-president’s vice presidential pick.
Former President Donald Trump said Friday that disgraced rapper Kanye West showed up at Mar-a-Lago ‘unexpectedly’ and said he ‘knew nothing about’ his posse – that included a prominent white nationalist
West has also announced he plans to run for president in 2024.
In a two-minute campaign promo posted to Twitter Thursday, the embattled artist expanded on those plans, revealing he met with Trump, 76, Wednesday to discuss them.
In the brief clip, West offered his own account of the sit-down, which he said saw him air his presidential aspirations to the former commander-in-chief, who announced his own renewed bid for the Oval Office last week.
‘The thing that Trump was most perturbed about [is] me asking him to be my vice president,’ Kanye said the clip posted on his recently-unlocked Twitter account on Thanksgiving night.
He continued: ‘I think that was, like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard. It was the fact that I walked in with intelligence.’
He would go on to accuse the ex-head of state of succumbing to cancel culture by firing mercurial members of his cabinet such as top aides Karen Giorno and Steve Bannon, while distancing himself from other public figures such as Fuentes due to their views.
West would go on to hail Fuentes as a Trump ‘loyalist,’ touting his support of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, by citizens loyal to the then outgoing president.
‘Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and some of the people [Trump] was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,’ West said in the video, which featured a caption with the hashtag #YE24.
‘When all the lawyers said, ‘forget it, Trump’s done,’ there were loyalists running up in the White House, right?’ West continued, referring to the politician’s unsuccessful attempts to argue his election loss to current President Joe Biden.
West proceeded to chide the president for not doing anything to help the hundreds of Americans being prosecuted for their part in the insurgence
‘Why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6ers?’ West asked incredulously, sitting on a counter at his LA studio while speaking to an interviewer.
The rapper goes on to offer advice to Trump, telling him to ‘go and get these people that the media tried to cancel’ – ignoring his own recent troubles while dealing with the media and his owned failed bid for the presidency in 2020.
At that point in the bizarre campaign ad, the video flashes photos of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump ally Roger Stone, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as to signify some of the polarizing figures the ex-president has supposedly alienated.
Jones, who rose to prominence during Trump’s campaign and first term in office, was recently ordered to pay a more than $1 billion to the families of the Sandy Hook victims for unfounded comments about a supposed conspiracy surrounding their children’s deaths.
Eventually, West said, he pitched his presidential run to the Republican, who responded by dismissing his desires for the White House with an anecdote in which he claimed he granted clemency to former federal prisoner Alice Johnson for West, and not his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who had campaigned for Johnson’s release.
Johnson, 67, had been convicted in 1996 for involvement in a Memphis cocaine trafficking scheme, which came with a life sentence, seen by Kardashian and other criminal justice reform advocates as much too tough for a non-violent offender.
Kardashian first came to the White House in May 2018 to tell Trump Johnson’s story. The president commuted Johnson’s sentence on June 6.
Kardashian’s (left) first trip to the Trump White House came in May 2018, with President Trump (right) commuting the sentence of Johnson, a Memphis cocaine dealer, days later. The supermodel is in the midst of a very contentious divorce with the disgraced shoe designer
West, however, in his campaign clip dismissed the president’s spiel as a ‘would-be mob-esque’ story meant to intimidate him into submission.
That said, West said he did not become offended until Trump insulted Kardashian to his face, though the insult itself is censored in the footage.
Trump allegedly told West, ‘you can tell her I said that.’
The rapper said that at that point, he became annoyed by the unspecified barb, telling the interviewer, ‘That’s the mother of my children.’
Meanwhile, the rapper is facing allegations that he harassed his former employees at Adidas – which carried his Yeezy shoe brand up until last month – by showing them pornography, including graphic images of Kardashian, 42, herself.
The pair split early this year, but have yet to officially divorce.
Since then, West has grown increasingly unhinged on social media, culminating in the massive outcry leveled against him last month.
West – still in the midst of the very public divorce – spawned the backlash when he complained a ‘Jewish underground media mafia’ is ruining his career, along with a host of other antisemitic remarks.
The comment saw West stripped of several lucrative major partnerships with companies like Adidas and Balenciaga – which itself has come under fire for a recently pulled ad campaign that showed kids showing off teddy bears in bondage – as well as billions of dollars in a matter of days.
West, who was banned from Twitter for his antisemitic diatribe, tweeted Sunday ‘Shalom :)’ after being reinstated earlier in the day.
In his clip posted Thursday, West would go on to reveal that Trump was not pleased by his plans overtake the White House, and unleashed his own diatribe criticizing the rapper, telling him he would lose if he ran against him.
‘Trump started basically screaming at the table telling me I was gonna lose,’ West recalled, adding, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history?’
Keeping true to his trademark arrogant persona, the rapper added: ‘I’m like, ‘Wait, hold on Trump – you’re talking to Ye.”
The clip ended the intro to West’s 2016 song Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1, accompanied by a title card reading ‘YE24.’
The known anti Semite – who supported the January 6 riots and is a stalwart of the alt-right -and West were spotted inside a Miami airport wearing blue jackets
On Tuesday, West asked his Twitter followers if he should ask Trump ‘to be my running mate in 2024.’ The rapper recently had his account reinstated after being banned for anti-Semitic rants
West recently had his Twitter reinstated by new CEO Elon Musk, but his Instagram remains restricted. Both were paused due to West’s anti-Semitic rants, where he claimed he’d bring ‘death con 3’ to Jews and that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was controlled by the community.
Fuentes started gaining notoriety in 2017 after he left Boston University following claims that he was receiving ‘threats’ after attending a white supremacist rally, Unite the Right, in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
He also hosts a live-stream show called America First, which has a ‘cult-like following,’ according to ADL, and his fans are called Groypers.
The young man uses his various platforms to push anti-Semitic and racist comments and has denied the Holocaust on multiple occasions.
During one of his live-stream episodes, he reportedly compared Jews being incinerated in concentration camps to cookies in the oven.
Fuentes’ platform largely pushes to preserve white, European-American identity and culture and pushes the conspiracy theory that the white race is impending destruction through white genocide.
Many expressed unease at the pair being spotted together and one blamed West’s recent rants on his association with Fuentes
He once said: ‘I don’t see Jews as Europeans and I don’t see them as part of Western civilization, particularly because they are not Christians.’
West became embroiled in controversy after debuting White Lives Matter shirts at Paris Fashion Week, alongside conservative commentator Candace Owens, on October 3.
The rapper then sparked global outrage after he tweeted on October 8: ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE…The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also…you guys have toyed with me and tried to black-ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.’
The rapper was later asked by Piers Morgan if he regretted the tweet and he said: ‘No. Absolutely not, absolutely not. I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down. That’s a different type of freedom fighter.’
He later clarified: ‘I will say I’m sorry for the people that I hurt. I feel like I caused hurt and confusion, and I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through and that I use my platform where you say, ‘Hurt people hurt people,’ and I was hurt.’
West’s recent controversy started on October 3 at Paris Fashion Week, where he debuted White Lives Matter shirts, alongside Candace Owens (pictured)
West went on to reportedly tell Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs that ‘Jewish people told you to call me’ and that they were not going to ‘threaten or influence me.’ West also said the rapper was ‘breaking my heart’ and that ‘no one gets in between me and my money’
The firestorm involving the rapper started when he took to Twitter to say he wanted to go ‘death con 3’ on Jewish people who had apparently wronged him
His rants would later see brands pulling out from his billion-dollar brand, including Vogue, Balenciaga, and Adidas, causing him to lose his billionaire status.
The biggest blow to West’s empire was when Adidas pulled its $1.5 billion deal from the singer after facing severe criticism for stalling so long.
The German sporting goods behemoth announced the move in a statement released online, with the sportswear maker having put its partnership with West under review earlier this month ‘after repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation.’
The partnership began in 2013 after he left a collaboration with Nike and the deal was the crowning jewel of his fortune, with sales climbing to $1.7 billion in 2020 – earning him $191 million in royalties that year alone.
German sporting goods behemoth Adidas has terminated its partnership with Kanye West amid controversial behavior from the American rapper and designer. A statement posted in the media section of its website called his comments ‘unacceptable, hateful and dangerous’
Forbes estimates that the Yeezy business with Adidas is worth $1.5 billion, and the company confirmed that it was likely going to lose up to $250 million of its net income in 2022 as a result of the split.
‘Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. West’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,’ the company’s statement read.
‘After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.’