Inside Trump’s ‘nightmare’ Thanksgiving week

President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West exit an elevator and walk into the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West exit an elevator and walk into the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. Photo credit (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Less than a month after seeing dismal results for midterms candidates he backed, former President Donald Trump faced what has been called a “nightmare” Thanksgiving week, featuring Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

Both Trump and West have announced they plan to run for president in 2024.

According to a post on Trump’s Truth Social account, West – who now goes by “Ye” – came to Mar-a-Lago Tuesday for advice concerning business difficulties.

After posting anti-semitic and other hateful comments from his Twitter account, several brands he worked with cut ties with the rapper, designer and entrepreneur. His school, Donda Academy, also closed down and his ex-wife, reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian, publicly condemned his anti-semitic comments.

Evidence of other incidents of anti-semitic hate speech by West have also come to light, and his “white lives matter” shirt stunt at Paris Fashion week earlier this fall caused controversy.

“We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President,” said Trump of West’s visit. He added that any of West’s voters should support Trump instead.

Per Ballotpedia, West ran for president as an Independent in 2020 and secured a a bit less than 68,000 votes. In a video posted on Twitter, West claimed that he asked Trump to be his running mate.

“I think the thing Trump was most perturbed about – me asking him to be his vice president,” he said. West said that the former president became angry and started saying insulting things about Kardashian. A source cited by NBC News confirmed this account.

“I was like – that’s the mother of my children,” said West, who also mentioned bringing 24-year-old Nick Fuentes to the meeting. A Trump adviser confirmed this to CBS News.

Fuentes, a livestreamer, is identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist and by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist.

He “seeks to carve out a space that deliberately and publicly challenges the mainstream conservative movement while doubling down on themes central to the white supremacist movement,” said the ADL.

“Cults are really the only place where there’s … loyalty,” said Fuentes during a livestream last year, according to the SPLC. The center also noted that Fuentes was outside the Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection last year, shortly after Trump delivered a speech where he made claims about election fraud.

In his Truth Social post, Trump said that West “expressed no anti-semitism”. In the post and in a statement to CBS, Trump said that he did not know who Fuentes was and that he did not know that West planned to bring him to Mar-a-Lago.

“Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago,” he said, according to the outlet. “Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about.”

According to Axios, an unnamed source familiar with the dinner conversation said Trump “seemed very taken” with Fuentes. West also said Trump was “really impressed” with Nick Fuentes.

According to an unnamed source close to Trump who spoke to NBC, the situation with West and Fuentes is a “f****ing nightmare.”

“If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why,” the source said.

The same day that Trump hosted West and Fuentes, the Supreme Court “rejected an emergency appeal from former President Trump seeking to shield his tax returns from House Democrats,” per the Hill. This move ends a multi-year legal battle over the tax returns.

Quinnipiac also released poll results that found around 60% of Americans believe Trump’s 2024 presidential run is a bad thing. Another poll found that people consider him the “biggest loser” of the midterms.

Going forward, an ongoing criminal investigation regarding sensitive government documents Trump kept at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office could also have negative repercussions for him and his presidential campaign. As of this Monday, only one senator had supported Trump’s 2024 announcement.

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