Donald Trump’s confirmation that he had dinner with a Holocaust-denying white supremacist is the biggest headache for the GOP lately.
Former President Donald Trump hosted white nationalist and anti-Semite Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on Tuesday night, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
“Last week, Kanye West asked me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. “Shortly thereafter he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, which I knew nothing about. We had dinner in the backyard with a number of members on Tuesday night. The dinner was quick and uneventful. Then they headed off to the airport gone.”
However eventful, the dinner reflected a remarkable moment very early in the 2024 campaign cycle: The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination was sharing bread with a frequent post of racist content and Holocaust revisionism, led by a The rapper, who is launching his own presidential campaign, has brought in the shadow of his own anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Trump spends Thanksgiving week with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers Accused of rape.
Even if set aside because Republican primary voters don’t care about these potential criminal cases, the idea that a Republican candidate in 2024 could be found to have raped a woman and align with Holocaust deniers could destroy the entire Republican vote across the country .
Every candidate who appears on the Trump ballot will be asked about Fuentes and Holocaust denial.
A smaller version of that effect was visible in Pennsylvania’s midterm elections, when Doug Mastroiano topped the ballot, causing Republicans to clear their clocks race after race. John Fetterman successfully changed Mastriano to Mehmet Oz. The Republican gubernatorial candidate has become synonymous with radical extremism among Pennsylvania voters.
Trump has a broad path to the Republican nomination as the party is on track to repeat its 2016 mistake of fielding dozens of candidates, which would have given the former president 30 percent of the vote to win both the primary and the presidential election. caucus.
Dinner with Holocaust deniers is a preview of the Republican Party in 2024, when Trump becomes the nominee.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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