Mike Pence Says Donald Trump Should Apologize for Dinner With Nick Fuentes, Kanye West

Mike Pence Says Donald Trump Should Apologize for Dinner With Nick Fuentes, Kanye West

By D. Myles Cullen - Vice President - Mike Pence
Vice President Micheal Pence poses for his official portrait at The White House, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Former Vice President Mike Pence has denounced Donald Trump’s recent decision to dine with rapper Ye and white nationalist leader, saying that it was a show of “profoundly poor judgment” and an endorsement of “their hateful rhetoric.” Pence said that Trump should apologize for his actions and denounce all forms of hate speech without qualification.

Pence was critical of former President Donald Trump last week for meeting with Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He has lost business partners after making anti-Semitic remarks.

Pence said in an interview with Leland Vitter that President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table. Pence called on Trump to apologize for his actions.
Pence stated in the interview that he doesn’t think Trump is antisemitic, a racist, or a bigot. He also said that he would not have agreed to be Trump’s vice president if this were the case.

However, Pence acknowledged that Trump “demonstrated profoundly poor judgment.” Trump’s actions raise questions about whether Pence will challenge Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.

At an event at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Pence was asked if he would run for President in 2024. He said that he and his family would discuss his future when they gather in his home state of Indiana over the Christmas holidays.   “msn.com

Trump representatives have not to stated in response to requests for comment. According to posts on his Truth Social platform, Trump says that he met with Ye to give him business advice and that he wasn’t previously aware of Fuentes, who was with the rapper.

Adidas AG and other companies have recently ended their relationship with Ye after he made a series of antisemitic and racist remarks. Fuentes is a prominent young white nationalist leader in the United States. In his podcast, the New York Times reported that Fuentes has called for the military to be sent into Black neighborhoods, denied the Holocaust, and demanded that Jews leave the country.

The criticism from a White House spokesman was that antisemitism has no place in America. David Friedman, Trump’s ambassador to Israel, called the visit by West and Fuentes “unacceptable.”

Several of Trump’s potential 2024 rivals and other prominent Republicans spoke out against the dinner after Pence’s comments. However, there were also Trump critics in the party who remained silent.
“Racist antisemites are becoming increasingly emboldened thanks to former President Trump,” tweeted.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “This is not the Republican Party I know and love. We must stand up against hatred and bigotry in all forms.”

Another Republican who voted to convict Trump, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, said the former President shouldn’t be “hanging over our party like a gargoyle.” He condemned the meeting and said it was detrimental to the party.

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins released a statement today expressing her concern over former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes. Collins, who voted to convict Trump during his impeachment trial, said that the meeting “sends the wrong signal” and that she hopes Trump will reconsider any future interactions with Fuentes.

Senator John Thune of South Dakota said that the dinner meeting between the former President and the current President was a bad idea. He didn’t criticize the former President directly, but he said it was a bad idea on every level. “I hope the person who advised him on his staff got fired,” Thune told reporters. Some other Republicans skirted the issue.

When asked to comment on Trump’s dinner meeting, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy said he had “nothing to say on the matter.” Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri told reporters on Monday evening that while Trump “can have dinner with whomever he wants,” he would not choose to have dinner with the President.

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