Kanye West said Donald Trump was truly impressed with white supremacist Nick Fuentes after he visited to meet the former president at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
The rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye, made the comments in a two-minute campaign-style teaser video on Twitter.
Ye started by saying that the former president was worried about being asked to be his running mate in the 2024 presidential elections.
“The thing that disturbed Trump the most [is] me asking him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video, titled “Mar-a-Lago debrief.”
“I think that was, like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard,” the rapper said.
“It’s the fact that I entered with intelligence. So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes.
The video comes just two days after Ye visited Mr Trump’s residence in Florida and made headlines after being photographed with Mr Fuentes.
Mr. Fuentes is the founder of the far-right white nationalist foundation America First. He has been labeled a white supremacist by the Justice Department.
He was banned from social media platforms, including Twitter, for allegedly breaking hate speech rules and had become notorious for making anti-Semitic comments.
Ye, who himself drew heavy criticism for also making anti-Semitic remarks, praised Mr Fuentes in the video and described him as a true “loyalist”.
“Nick Fuentes, unlike so many lawyers and some people [Trump] was left with during his 2020 campaign, he is actually a loyalist,” he said.
“When all the lawyers said, ‘Forget it, Trump is finished,’ there were loyalists rushing to the White House, weren’t there? And my question would be, ‘Why, when you had the chance, didn’t you release on January 6?’ »
Mr. Fuentes had also participated in the 2017 “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville which turned violent. During the rally, a neo-Nazi drove his car into counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.
Ye said at one point that Mr Trump had insulted his ex-wife Kim Kardashian. The video echoed the insult uttered by Ye, who said Mr Trump told him he could tell Ms Kardashian that “you can tell her I said that”.
“I was thinking, like, she’s the mother of my kids,” the rapper said afterwards, adding that Mr. Trump didn’t seem happy with his 2024 announcement.
“When Trump started yelling at the table telling me I was going to lose, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ‘wait, wait Trump, you’re talking to Ye,'” he said with a laugh.
The video ended with the final slide reading “YE24” and his 2016 song “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” playing in the background.
The shoe brand owner Yeezy released a series of videos from the 2024 campaign Thursday night, including comments from Fox News host Tucker Carlson praising him.
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