Trump hosts a Jewish group in Florida but does NOT mention his dinner with the Holocaust denier
Donald Trump hosted a group of Orthodox Jews at his Miami golf club on Friday – but made no mention of his widely criticized dinner with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and anti-Semite Kanye West.
Trump is said to have been furious with West, who has praised Hitler for taking Fuentes to a Mar-a-Lago dinner on November 22. Trump reportedly didn’t know who Fuentes was, but West said the former president was impressed with Fuentes.
Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president, was among those who urged Trump to apologize for the Nov. 22 meeting, saying the former president “exercised profoundly poor judgement.”
On Friday, Trump spoke for 24 minutes to thunderous applause but made no mention of dinner.
Donald Trump is seen at his golf course in Miami on Friday, where he addresses the annual Orthodox meeting of teachers and social workers organized by Torah Umesorah – National Society for Hebrew Day Schools
The former president is still living through the aftermath of his pre-Thanksgiving dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes (left) and anti-Semitic rapper Kanye West (right), a gathering that came just a week after his 2024 presidential bid
The former president told the audience, a conference of teachers and social workers organized by Torah Umesorah – National Society for Hebrew Day Schools – that he was “the best ally you’ve ever had”.
Trump repeatedly showered praise on the Jewish people and emphasized his support for Israel.
He claimed Congress was “almost anti-Israel” and said without evidence that some Democrats in Washington “passionately hate Israel.”
“I just want to give you a little advice: I think it’s very important because I see what’s happening in Congress — 10 years ago, 12 years ago, 15 years ago, Israel had a great friend in Congress.
“Today they have no friend in Congress,” Trump said.
“Today, Congress is almost anti-Israel, I would say, with AOC plus three, with all these people passionately hating Israel.
“And you have to treat your friends with respect. You must treat your friends with dignity.
“And you have to be loyal to those friends, because the friends aren’t there for Israel like they used to be.”
Addressing the Orthodox Jewish crowd on Friday, Trump describes himself as the greatest friend her congregation has ever had in the White House
Trump spoke for 24 minutes, often interrupted by a standing ovation from the crowd
He also cited his own 2019 State of the Union address, in which he emphasized the importance of speaking out against antisemitism.
Who is Nick Fuentes?
Nick Fuentes, 24, is a prominent alt-right activist and Holocaust denier
He first rose to prominence after attending the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017
Fuentes describes himself as a “Christian conservative” and says he fights against “left” cultural changes
A former Youtuber’s page, Fuentes, has been permanently banned for violating the platform’s hate speech policy
He has also claimed that “whites are being attacked” and minorities are changing the “texture of life” in the US.
During an episode of his America First podcast, the man “jokingly” compared Jews being burned in Nazi concentration camps to biscuits in an oven
After former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, the 24-year-old helped organize several “stop the steal” rallies ahead of the Jan. 6 riot in the US Capitol
In 2021, the DOJ labeled Fuentes a “white supremacist” in a formal complaint.
“We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism or those who spread its poisonous creed,” Trump said, reading from his own statements.
“We must meet this hate with one voice; we must meet him everywhere; we have to face it very, very strongly.’
The audience interrupted his speech several times with standing ovations.
“I think I’m the best ally you’ve ever had,” Trump said.
He said he was dismayed not to receive more Jewish votes, despite his efforts for their community.
“The first time I got 25 percent of the Jewish votes [in 2016],’ he said.
“And the second time, with all the things I did, I got 26 percent.
“It doesn’t make sense that Jewish people and people who love Israel would get a Democrat.”
Trump is struggling for political momentum a month after becoming the first official candidate to contest the 2024 presidential election.
He hoped the early announcement might deter potential challengers, but a series of political setbacks have instead left him deeply vulnerable as he ramps up his third presidential campaign.
The Orthodox Jewish community tends to be more politically conservative, and as such is more politically allied to Trump, who in a Truth Social post last week blasted American Jewish leaders for their lack of “loyalty.”
“How quickly Jewish leaders forget that I was by far the best president for Israel. You should be ashamed,” he wrote in a post last Friday.
“This lack of loyalty to their closest friends and allies is why large numbers in Congress and so many others have stopped supporting Israel.”
The comments came as Trump was already in hot water over his dinner with West, who has been making anti-Semitic remarks for months, and Fuentes, a prominent white nationalist with whom West is friends.
Fuentes once “jokingly” denied the Holocaust on an episode of his America First podcast
Trump is pictured with Kanye West in October 2018 during a meeting in the Oval Office
The sit-down came just a week after Trump’s 2024 presidential bid.
Trump tried to downplay the dinner, saying he didn’t know who Fuentes was and what he stood for when he arrived at the Palm Beach estate with the rapper.
“Last week Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly after, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends that I didn’t know about,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“We had dinner on the back patio on Tuesday night with many members present. Dinner was quick and uneventful. Then they went to the airport.”
Speaking on Fox News, Trump said: “I had never heard of the man – I had no idea what his views were and they were not voiced at the table at our very quick dinner or it would not have been accepted.”
However, he has not condemned West and Fuentes’ ideology.
Instead, in a Dec. 1 Truth Social post, he attacked an Associated Press reporter for writing that guests meeting with Trump would now be fully screened following the disastrous dinner.
The AP report also said Fuentes was waved in by security at Mar-a-Lago even though only West was on the safety list.
“Fuentes apparently did not show his ID and the driver of the car, who is a frequent visitor to the club, got in with a credit card after misplacing her driver’s license,” reads the article.
Trump denied the report.
“We have very strong security, especially with the extremely talented Secret Service agents on the premises, but if I know anyone, as I did with Ye, our guests are not searched, thrown against walls and otherwise physically beaten. ‘ Trump wrote.
“The anonymous sources do not exist. Opposite stories are FAKE NEWS!’
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