McCarthy becomes latest Republican to criticize Trump’s white supremacist dinner — but not Trump


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday became the latest top Republican to condemn Donald Trump’s dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes — while declining to condemn the former president himself.

Making his first comments on Trump’s dinner with Fuentes and the rapper Ye, both of whom have publicly engaged in antisemitism, McCarthy falsely asserted that the former president had already condemned Fuentes. Trump has said multiple times that he did not know who Fuentes was when the white nationalist attended dinner with him as a guest of Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.

“I don’t think anybody should have a meeting with Nick Fuentes, and his views are nowhere within the Republican Party or within this country itself,” McCarthy said following a meeting at the White House with President Joe Biden and congressional leaders. The California Republican added that “I don’t think [Trump] should have associated with [Ye] as well.”

McCarthy’s comments echo those of most other congressional Republicans, who have criticized Trump’s actions but refrained from criticizing the former president himself. Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, departed from that norm on Monday by asking Trump to apologize for associating with Fuentes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to address the matter later on Tuesday.


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