Fuentes denies report that he was part of plot; says ‘I love Donald Trump’

Christian nationalist Nicholas J. Fuentes has claimed his and rapper Ye’s brief dinner last week with former President Donald Trump wasn’t a setup designed to hurt Trump’s image going into the 2024 presidential election, but the former president doesn’t appear to believe him.

“My intention was not to hurt Trump by attending the dinner, that is fake news. I love Donald Trump,” Fuentes wrote on Telegram, a social media platform, Tuesday afternoon.

A couple of minutes later, he posted a screenshot of a quote from an NBC News article claiming that his and Ye’s business partner, Milo Yiannopoulos, had, in Yiannopoulos’s words, purposefully arranged the meeting “just to make Trump’s life miserable.”

“This is just not true at all,” Fuentes wrote as a caption.

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(Source: Telegram)

Yet former President Trump doesn’t appear to believe him.

In an alleged private statement to a confidant, Trump said he was certain that West had purposefully brought Fuentes with him to the dinner to screw him over.

“He tried to f— me. He’s crazy. He can’t beat me,” he allegedly said to the confidant, as reported by NBC News via the unnamed confidant.

“Trump was totally blindsided,” the confidant said in their own words.

It certainly looks like it, though the blame for the blindsiding remains unclear. According to NBC News’ reporting, the mastermind was Yiannopoulos, not West.

“Yiannopoulos [said] 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,” NBC News reported.

“I wanted to show Trump the kind of talent that he’s missing out on by allowing his terrible handlers to dictate who he can and can’t hang out with,” Yiannopoulos reportedly said, in his own words.

“I also wanted to send a message to Trump that he has systematically repeatedly neglected, ignored, abused the people who love him the most, the people who put him in office, and that kind of behavior comes back to bite you in the end,” he added.

According to NBC News, Yiannopoulos also said that he’d purposefully arranged the dinner “just to make Trump’s life miserable” because he knew the story would leak and that Trump would mishandle the negative PR.

The negative PR mainly surrounds Fuentes, who has a history of spouting extremely bigoted — especially antisemitic — remarks. So much so that he’s been banned from virtually every platform. He’s also been booted from financial institutions.

Critics say Fuentes, 24, is an avid white supremacist/nationalist who wants to transform America into a theocratic dictatorship run ideally by the likes of Trump or perhaps even Ye. FYI, Fuentes for his part claims he’s just a white nationalist.

Regardless, the fact that Trump had dinner with someone like Fuentes — whether purposefully or “by accident” — has triggered massive, across-the-board condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats.

“I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican Party,” House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.

However, he then turned around and defended Trump by noting that the forward president hadn’t realized who he’d be meeting with.

“I think President Trump came out four times and condemned him and didn’t know who he was,” McCarthy said.

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Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has also spoken out about the dinner.

“There is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy. And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,” he said Tuesday.

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Dovetailing back to Fuentes’ Telegram posts, critics say that his self-professed love for Trump is suspicious. Fuentes is presumably aware of how his bigoted views reflect on the president. So why would he publicly admit to loving the former president if he truly supports the former president and wants him to succeed?

An even better question is why is Fuentes now working for West, who is also running for the presidency in 2024?

“White nationalist Nick Fuentes says he has joined the rapper’s presidential campaign,” The Daily Beast confirmed Monday.

Fuentes loves Trump yet is now working for one of the former president’s 2024 challengers? To many, it just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

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