Trump Dinner Backlash Sparks New Campaign Rules

November 30, 2022

Backlash from former President Trump’s dinner last week with white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and Kanye “Ye” West, who has spouted antisemitic rhetoric, has sparked his 2024 campaign to put new protocols in place to ensure those who meet with him have been fully vetted.

The changes will include expediting a system borrowed from Trump’s White House, in which a senior campaign official will be present with the former President/candidate at all times, according to a source familiar with the plan. 

Trump launched his third campaign for President one week after this year’s midterm elections concluded with little support from Republican leadership.

The dinner with Fuentes, who has compared himself to Hitler, and West, who has lost lucrative endorsements over his antisemitic comments, was denounced by Republican Congressional leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as well as Trump’s former Vice President, Mike Pence, considered a likely contender to run against Trump in the 2024 Republican primaries.

Trump has repeatedly said he did not know Fuentes until he arrived at Trump’s country club residence Mar-a-Lago with West, who was on the security list. 

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