Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to attack former President Donald Trump Tuesday over his decision last week to host Ye and Nick Fuentes to dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.
The GOP’s Senate leader, flanked by other top Republicans, opened his weekly news conference with the following statement: “First, I just want to say that there is no place in the Republican Party where you can advocate for white supremacy or antisemitism.” I believe that anyone who meets with people advocating this view is highly unlikely to be elected president of the United States.
McConnell did not mention Trump in his remarks. McConnell was also not asked by reporters whether he would support former President if he won the GOP nomination in 2024.
He stated that there was no place in the Republican Party for white supremacy or antisemitism, and this would also apply to all the party leaders who are running for office.
McConnell made the comments for the first time since Trump hosted Ye (formerly Kanye West), Fuentes, and other guests last week. Fuentes denies that the Holocaust took place and Ye made many antisemitic comments recently.
After meeting with President Joe Biden and congressional leaders, Kevin McCarthy (Republican from California) also participated in the dinner.
McCarthy replied to a question about the meeting by saying, “I don’t believe anybody should spend any time with Nick Fuentes.” He is not welcome in the Republican Party. He was condemned four times by President Trump, and he didn’t even know who he was.
Trump claimed that he didn’t know Fuentes, but he hasn’t condemned him since the dinner.
Trump stated Tuesday that he had never heard of the man and didn’t know what his views were. He also said this in an interview with Fox News Digital.
Five days ago, Trump posted on Truth Social that he hosted the dinner. The top Republican leaders in Congress responded. Mike Pence, former Vice President, said Monday that Trump was wrong to offer a seat at the dinner table to a white nationalist and antisemite.
Several Senate Republicans spoke out against Trump Monday in interviews with reporters on Capitol Hill, following the return of lawmakers from Thanksgiving break.