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November 28, 2022

Byron York: Kanye West Duped Trump Into Providing Him With a Launching Pad for His 2024 Vanity Presidential Run

And also damaged Trump in doing so.

After trying and failing to quell the controversy about the dinner, Trump issued a new statement in which he attacks "Ye."

"So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice'," Trump wrote in a message posted Saturday to his Truth Social account. "He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn't know, the other a political person who I haven't seen in years. I told him don't run for office, a total waste of time, can't win. Fake News went CRAZY!"

Several prominent Jewish leaders, including David Friedman, who served as Trump's U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2017-2021, have been critical of the former president for the meeting hosted at his Palm Beach, Florida estate.

The dinner was also attended by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.


Byron York thinks Trump got "played" by someone even better at trolling and media manipulation than he is.

TRUMP GETS PLAYED. What is sure to be one of the weirder moments of the 2024 presidential campaign has just taken place before the campaign is even fully underway.

Here is the short version: Just before Thanksgiving, former President Donald Trump had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Kanye West, Nick Fuentes, and Milo Yiannopoulos. West is the famous rapper, businessman, and reported bipolar disorder patient who says he will run for president in 2024, a campaign he began last month by announcing on Twitter that he was "going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE," a threat that brought him widespread condemnation and the loss of lucrative contracts. Fuentes, who many readers might not have heard of, is a 24-year-old white nationalist self-promoter who has sought publicity and online donations with a long series of racist and antisemitic statements and is now, apparently, working for West's so-called campaign. Yiannopoulos is a 38-year-old British provocateur who has spent a good part of his life doing the same sort of thing that Fuentes does and is now apparently also working for YE24, which is how West, who wants to be known simply as "Ye," refers to his presidential campaign.

What do they have in common? Well, Fuentes and Yiannopoulos are joined in a quest to exploit West's money and fame. But as far as politics is concerned, the greater similarity is that they are all lowlifes who should never be allowed near a former president of the United States, much less a current candidate for president. And yet Trump shared a table at Mar-a-Lago with them. The event quickly leaked because that is precisely what West, Fuentes, and Yiannopoulos intended. The usual suspects in the media and political world immediately denounced Trump. And in this case, they were correct; as a former president recently embarked on another campaign, Trump shouldn't have anything to do with fringe figures such as Ye and his crew. And yet there they were.

Who benefits from this ugly and stupid little event? Well, it was a publicity coup for West, Fuentes, and Yiannopoulos -- after all, they don't have any reputations to lose -- while Trump looks like he has been played by a trio of clever publicity hounds. And Trump did not make himself look any better with his increasingly panicked-sounding explanations for what took place.

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As Trump was explaining, West and Fuentes were laughing. Both seemed delighted at having pulled off the coup of enlisting Trump, the former president, in a stunt to promote West's own presidential foray.
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So at Mar-a-Lago, West and Fuentes managed to recruit Trump to play an unwitting role in West's campaign show. Judging by the videos they made, they seemed to think it was both a major accomplishment and absolutely hilarious.


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Meanwhile, Trump has been damaged, again, by his own actions. There is a debate about how intentional those actions were. Despite his protests of ignorance, did the former president in fact know who Fuentes was and decided to send some sort of message by dining with him? The answer to that is unclear. But Trump certainly knew who West was and welcomed him. That's bad enough. It is hard to see what benefit Trump might have expected from the dinner. What was it going to accomplish? Score points with the alt-right fringe? Lock up the groyper vote? (For those who do not follow such things, "groyper" is the word referring to Fuentes's relatively small and contentious group of followers.)

What seems more likely is that Trump did not have any clear intention for the dinner. So why did he take part in it? For one thing, he loves celebrities, and Kanye West, even damaged Kanye West, is a celebrity. Trump also loves flattery, and West had said all those nice things about Trump on TV. And at the dinner, Fuentes was a veritable flattery machine, repeatedly telling Trump how great Trump was. Not surprisingly, Trump thought Fuentes was a really sharp guy. In other words, West, Fuentes, and Yiannopoulos might simply have pushed Trump's buttons over and over and over. That might be all there was to it.

The celebrity thing. The flattery thing. Oy.

Does Trump have no one around him to warn him against this sort of thing? Or have they all by now learned that warning him is futile?

"Ye's" stunt also damaged other Republicans, who are now being demanded to denounce Trump, but can't, because if you say anything bad about Trump's many dick self-stompings, you're "taking the left's side." So you have to make Trump's baggage your own.

RINO Bill Cassidy of course has run out to denounce:

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. @SenBillCassidy

President Trump hosting racist antisemites for dinner encourages other racist antisemites. These attitudes are immoral and should not be entertained. This is not the Republican Party.

I don't know how eager others will be to stand up for Trump. People may be getting tired of the long list of things they're expected to say "don't matter" and may want Trump to begin exhibiting some discipline and judgment so that this list of things that "don't matter" stops growing.

On the other hand:


Oh, I should say that I have no idea what Elon is referring to here. It could be any of a dozen different current Regime psyops.

Some of Fuentes' work:

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posted by Ace at 02:04 PM

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