House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) condemned white nationalist Nick Fuentes on Tuesday after the controversial figure arrived for dinner at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as an invited guest of rapper Kanye West.
“I don’t think that anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican Party,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy was quizzed about Trump's dinner and Fuentes when the House Minority Leader met with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the White House.
Fuentes, who is a podcaster as well as an online celebrity known for propagating white nationalist and antisemitic views, has even questioned the Holocaust.
McCarthy was unflinching in denouncing Fuentes. “I condemn his ideology. It has no place in society at all,” he said.
Fuentes has expressed his support for racial segregation and promised a “tidal wave of white identity” following his participation in Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville in 2017.
A number of prominent Jewish Republicans have voiced their displeasure with Trump's recent meeting with Fuentes and West in a letter to the former president, stating that the two have expressed “unacceptable” views about Jews.
Trump's former ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, wrote on social media: “To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them, and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.”
Trump responded to the controversy by claiming that he didn't know the nature of Fuentes’s views on the issue when West brought him over to the dinner table at Mar-a-Lago as his invited guest this week.
“Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about,” Trump stated to Breitbart News.