Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) caught flak online Monday after he tried to blame Donald Trump’s staff for allowing the former president to host a high-profile white supremacist for dinner.
Trump confessed over the weekend to having eaten at Mar-a-Lago last Wednesday with far-right provocateur Nick Fuentes Ye was the artist previously known as Kanye West. Trump claimed he did not know who Fuentes Ye invited him to his Florida estate as an honorary guest.
“If the reports are true and the president didn’t know who [Fuentes] was, whoever let him in the room should be fired,” According to Sahil Kapur, NBC’s senior national political reporter, Tillis stated that.
The dinner attracted heated backlash and condemnation from Democrats, civil rights groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and even from a number of Trump’s Republican allies in Congress.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), for example, said, “There’s no room in the Republican Party for white supremacists and antisemitism, so it’s wrong.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called Ye “disturbed” And Fuentes “evil” He said Trump shouldn’t meet with him Fuentes Because it legitimized white supremacists.
Fuentes Has vocally supported racist and antisemitic views. Was at the violent “Unite the Right” 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia neoNazi rally. Ye’s professional empire is in jeopardy after he made a series of disturbing antisemitic comments earlier this year.
Sources cited by Axios, The New York Times and others indicate that Trump was highly regarded Fuentes During the meeting, he said: “He gets me.”
Tillis’ excuse didn’t fly with Twitter users, though some agreed with him that the person responsible should be fired: