A quick thought as I’m running from one meeting to the next.
To be clear, I do not believe for even one second that Trump is a judeophobe — this doesn’t even pass the laugh test.
I also can completely believe that he had no idea who Nick Fuentes was — I am sure he has bigger fish to fry than keeping track of every rancid crank with ten followers and a dog.
But that’s exactly the sort of reason why people that senior have a staff of personal aides.
That they didn’t do their homework and screen Fuentes out suggests either they are incompetent — or that he has a mole on his personal staff who deliberately facilitated a meeting with a toxic character (but who’s obscure enough that DJT wouldn’t realize on his own he’d better run, not walk away) in order to make DJT radioactive even with hitherto committed supporters…
PS: by a strange coincidence, today is the 75th anniversary of the November 29, 1947 UN Resolution 181, in favor of partitioning the “British Mandate of Palestine” into a Jewish and an Arab state. To this day there is a kaf-tet be-november (November 29) street in Jerusalem.
UPDATED Nov. 30: this gets truly bizarre: according to “Bonchie”, Tim Pool had Kanye West et al. on his popular YouTube cast so they could give their own version, then West stormed out when Tim started pushing back against West’s judeophobic statements.
I’m obviously not a famous person with unimaginable wealth, but I’m pretty sure if you are going to spew anti-Semitic garbage, you should probably be prepared to defend it. Instead, Kanye freaks out over a Pool asking him a basic question as if his honor was been violated. It’s a legitimately sad scene because you know he’s simply not mentally well, and it’s always disturbing to watch someone slam the gas down as they careen towards an even worse mental break.
And for my money, that circumstance really reveals who the worst villains here are. Kanye is a sick man. He’s been diagnosed with mental illness (he’s bipolar, among other things), and he’s now being led around […] That’s not to say Kanye isn’t ultimately responsible for his own statements. He is, and he’s paying a price for them both financially and to his reputation, which will never recover at this point.
Still, what Yiannopoulos and Fuentes are doing in taking advantage of that is grotesque. These are grifters latching onto a disturbed man, pushing him further into insanity in order to garner some private jet flights and cheap notoriety. Yiannopoulos is actually Kanye’s “campaign manager” for his 2024 presidential run, whatever that even means. Does Kanye strike you as someone healthy enough to be running for president? A decent person would tell him the truth in this situation, not embolden him, but here we are.
This entire thing is getting more and more out of control. What’s Kanye going to say next? What’s he going to do next? The man clearly needs help and a lot of it. […] I pray that he realizes that sooner rather than later because this is headed to some dark places.
According to [Milo] Yiannopoulos, he engineered the event to embarrass Trump.
Ye criticized Trump for not doing enough to help pay the legal bills of those arrested in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots; and he also told Trump he might run for president against him and said Trump should instead be his running mate — all of which angered the former president, who attacked Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, according to two dinner participants and Ye, who blasted out a “Mar-a-Lago debrief” video to his 32.2 million Twitter followers the next day.
“Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes,” Ye said in the video.
Fuentes said that he praised Trump as “my hero” and criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his potential GOP primary challenge to Trump, but he also told him to his face at the dinner that the one-time 2016 insurgent was in danger of becoming a scripted establishment bore who could lose in 2024.
Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor who was banned from Twitter in 2016 for inciting a racist campaign against the comedian Leslie Jones, told NBC News that he was “the architect” of the plan to have Fuentes travel with Ye in the hopes of slipping him into the dinner with Trump. The intent, according to Yiannopoulos, was for Fuentes to give Trump an unvarnished view of how a portion of his base views his candidacy.
And, Yiannopoulos said, he arranged the dinner “just to make Trump’s life miserable” because news of the dinner would leak and Trump would mishandle it.
In the words of an unnamed Trump aide who took the opportunity of talking to NBC to bash his meal ticket:
“The master troll got trolled,” the adviser said. “Kanye punked Trump.”
“Trump was totally blindsided,” the source said of Fuentes’ presence. “It was a setup.”
This guy may have been in tears as he was talking to NBC, but it sounds a lot like he was laughing out loud. Imagine that, working to push the candidacy of a man and giggling at him getting publicly humiliated. Trump partially understood what had happened, “He tried to f— me. He’s crazy. He can’t beat me.” Trump got one thing wrong here. West didn’t try to f*** him, West bent him over, and then he and his whole posse had their way with him.
The sourcing on that last tidbit is “one confidant, who then relayed the conversation to NBC News on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.”
Now that the horse was really out of the barn, the staff started covering their asses by blaming Trump.
Some in Trump’s orbit had cautioned him not to have dinner with Ye, under fire for antisemitism, in the first place, according to two sources who had been briefed on an internal damage assessment the campaign performed after the controversy erupted.
But Trump is known for refusing to heed cautious counsel, guardrails and gatekeepers. So he went ahead with the dinner alone, telling confidants that he thought Ye needed his counsel and, one confidant told NBC that Trump acknowledged he wanted the rapper to be seen because “it would be fun for the members” of Mar-a-Lago.