President Joe Biden reacted to Donald Trump’s meeting with notorious white supremacist Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye “Ye” West in typical Biden fashion — with a snark and a smile on his face.
While out shopping with his family in Nantucket Saturday, reporters shouted at the president to comment on Trump hosting Ye and Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago, which has been condemned by the White House and Democrats and Republicans alike.
“You don’t want to hear what I think,” Biden told journalists in a video, which you can see below.
His comment comes after White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates’ official statement to CNN: “Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America – including at Mar-A-Lago. Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned.”
Fuentes has frequently espoused hate speech on his podcast and is known as a neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier who was banned from YouTube for violating its anti-hate speech guidelines. In recent weeks, Ye has been dropped by several companies and brands because of his antisemitism. Per CNN, Fuentes attended the dinner, which took place Tuesday at Trump’s Palm Beach resort, as a guest of Ye’s, who confirmed it occurred. Others in attendance included Karen Giorno, who ran Trump’s 2016 Florida campaign, and another unidentified man.
The meeting received blowback from both sides of the aisle, with former Trump ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman blasting the visit: “To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong,” he tweeted.
For Trump, who recently announced plans to run for president in 2024, along with Ye, the meeting is a long line of kinship he’s expressed with known white nationalists, including his gracious remarks about the Charlottesville rallygoers and reticence to acknowledge knowing of and disavowing KKK leader David Duke.
“Donald Trump said he didn’t know who David Duke was. He said he doesn’t know who Nick Fuentes is. Next he’ll tell us he never heard of Adolph Hitler,” veteran actor, director and producer Rob Reiner wrote on Twitter.
View further condemnations on the meeting below:
What’s fucked up is, people like DeSantis and other Republicans running for president won’t use Trump canoodling with Nick Fuentes as a line of attack because Republicans have decided they need the votes of Nazis and Nazi sympathizers.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 25, 2022
The GOP had almost 2 days to respond properly to Trump's meeting with known hate-monger Nick Fuentes, and the best they could do was "But Farrakhan…"
It's a broken, extremist movement. They will only get worse.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 26, 2022
Aren’t there five decent Republicans in the House who will announce they won’t vote for anyone for Speaker who doesn’t denounce their party’s current leader, Donald Trump, for consorting with the repulsive neo-Nazi Fuentes?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 26, 2022
All snark and sarcasm aside, I really, really hope journalists and the Democratic Party treat Trump's meeting with Nick Fuentes as the scandal that it is.
This guy has made openly genocidal, authoritarian statements about the Jews within the past few weeks. it's horrifying.
— Max Berger (@maxberger) November 25, 2022
Kevin McCarthy can’t denounce Trump’s dinner with known white nationalist Nick Fuentes because if he did, McCarthy would also have to call out his new boss MTG pic.twitter.com/qjihmRc67l
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) November 26, 2022
Here’s a reminder that Kevin McCarthy is currently promising more power to Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was a featured speaker at Nazi Nick Fuentes’s event.
It’s not just Trump who has a Nazi problem.
It’s the entire Republican Party establishment.
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) November 26, 2022
BREAKING: Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie says that Donald Trump meeting with white nationalist Nicke Fuentes disqualifies him from being president and it’s “just another example” of his “awful lack of judgement” and makes him “untenable.” RT IF YOU THINK CHRISTIE IS RIGHT!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) November 25, 2022
Any former President who would willingly host an antisemite and a Holocaust-denying neo nazi like Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Loser doesn't belong anywhere near the White House or any public office.
And Republicans who don't call him out are complicit in their silence.
(@mmpadellan) November 25, 2022
Having tracked Fuentes for years, let me note this as a reporter: he is well-known inside the GOP. People can pretend otherwise but professionals who work in the party are highly aware of how his white supremacy and anti-Semitism influences some voters, esp on fringe platforms.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) November 26, 2022