More on the fallout from Trump’s dinner date with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and the pent up response to Trump going his won way with his MAGA people that are NOT enough votes to keep the Republican comfortably ahead of Democrats in Congress and reaching for the White House two years from now….
Semafor: “Trump’s dinner party seemed to be going the way of prior Trump scandals over the holiday weekend — a lot of noise in the press, a handful of attention-getting condemnations from Republicans, but mostly silence within his party. On Monday, it became clear this wasn’t going to be another story that gets quietly swept under the rug.”
“Overall, it was the most widespread Republican rebuke Trump has received since January 6th. And it came just two weeks after the former president launched his reelection campaign, and three weeks after a disappointing midterm election that many Republicans blamed on Trump-backed candidates who voters perceived as extreme. Trump has made it through worse, and rank-and-file votes are the ultimate judge of his place in the party. But he also can’t afford to bleed support when Republicans have other options in a competitive primary.”
Philip Klein: “Donald Trump’s reckless dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes should be treated as a preview of what to expect were he to be given a second term. That is, what it would be like to have a Trump who is totally left to his own devices, with even fewer reasonable advisers around to try and contain his worst impulses.”
Evangelical celebrity and far-right activist Pat Boone told the Daily Beast that Donald Trump shouldn’t run for president again.
Said Boone: “I don’t think there are enough Republicans who would vote for him so he could be elected. But he was his own worst enemy in his manner and his speech. And he made so many enemies that, while he could be a great president again if he muted his speech and all of that—which I’m not sure he’s capable of—I would advise him, ‘Please don’t run. I think you will divide the Republican Party even more.’”
He added: “Sure, there are a few million people that will support him no matter what. But I think—because of the implacable, unmovable enemies he’s created, even in the Republican Party—that he would not be elected.”
“President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologize,” former Vice President Mike Pence told NewsNation in an interview, while insisting that Trump himself is not antisemitic or racist.
Pence was the most notable GOP official to weigh in on Trump’s dinner late last week with the rapper Ye, formerly Kanye West, and prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
But a number of other GOP senators also criticized the president over the remarks as they were peppered with questions by reporters upon returning to the Capitol.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.), one of a handful of GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in an impeachment trial over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, tweeted Monday that Trump hosting Ye and Fuentes “encourages other racist antisemites.”
“These attitudes are immoral and should not be entertained. This is not the Republican Party,” Cassidy tweeted.
Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), another one of the seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in 2021, told reporters on Monday Trump “should never have had a meal or even a meeting with Nick Fuentes.”…
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said there is no place in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism, more than a week after Donald Trump’s meeting with a white supremacist at his private resort, Reuters reports.
Said McCarthy: “I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican Party.”