Former President Donald Trump viewed Ye, the hip-hop artist formerly known as Kanye West, as a “severely anguished man” after receiving backlash after meeting him at Mar-a-Lago.
“So I’m helping a seriously troubled man, who happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who’s been decimated in his business and pretty much everything else, and who’s always been good to me, by allowing his request to meet in Mar-a-Lago, alone so I can give him some much-needed ‘advice,'” Trump wrote in a message posted to his Truth Social account Saturday. “He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person I haven’t seen in years. I told him not to run, a total waste of time, can’t win . Fake news went CRAZY!”
Several prominent Jewish leaders, including David Friedman, who served as Trump’s US ambassador to Israel from 2017-2021, have spoken critically of the former president ahead of the rally held at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
The dinner was also attended by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
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Friedman said, just as he had condemned former President Barack Obama for his dealings with anti-Semites Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright, Ye and Fuentes’ visit to Trump should be considered “unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, in the first video of the 2024 presidential campaign released by the rap artist on Thursday, Ye gave a “Mar-a-Lago debriefing” from his Los Angeles headquarters, revealing: “I think Trump is most disturbed was about me asking him to be my vice president.” Ye claimed that Trump was also “baffled” by the fact that he “came in with intelligence”.
“So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes,” Ye added. “And Nick Fuentes, unlike so many lawyers and so many people he was left with during his 2020 campaign, is actually a loyalist.”
Ye said he “like someone who loves Trump” asked the former president why he hadn’t released more of the January 6 protesters. But according to the rapper, Trump gave a “mafia-like” excuse.
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“He goes into the story about everything he went through to get Alice Johnson out of jail, and how he didn’t do it for Kim, he did it for me,” West said of his conversation with Trump. But then he goes on to say that Kim [Kardashian] is a [bleeped out profanity] and you could tell her I said that. And I thought: that’s the mother of my children.”
Johnson was a 63-year-old who pardoned Trump in 2018. You went on to say that Christians in America know Trump is a conservative and will demand that all policies be held “directly to the Bible.”
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“When Trump actually started yelling at me at the table and telling me I was going to lose, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history?” you said. “That I’m going to lose? Hold on, you’re talking to Ye.”