Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed former President Trump’s “terrible lack of judgement” for his assembly with Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist who has beforehand espoused antisemitic and racist rhetoric.
Trump had dinner with Fuentes, a livestreamer who has beforehand denied the Holocaust, and the rapper Ye, previously referred to as Kanye West, on Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Seashore, Fla.
“That is simply one other instance of an terrible lack of judgment from Donald Trump, which, mixed along with his previous poor judgments, make him an untenable basic election candidate for the Republican Celebration in 2024,” Christie informed The New York Occasions.
Ye stirred controversy just lately after his Twitter and Instagram accounts have been suspended over a collection of antisemitic feedback he made on-line. The rapper additionally made antisemitic feedback throughout an interview with Fox Information host Tucker Carlson.
Following the backlash, a number of corporations, together with Adidas, lower enterprise ties with him.
Christie’s feedback come after Trump turned the primary main GOP candidate to announce their candidacy for president final week. The previous president has obtained a number of the blame for the get together’s lackluster efficiency within the 2022 midterm elections.
A number of Trump-backed candidates in high-profile races misplaced to their Democratic opponents. Numerous the candidates Trump endorsed defeated main opponents who have been seen as extra aggressive candidates however have been much less loyal to the previous president.
And amid the finger pointing, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has gained traction as a viable 2024 GOP presidential nominee. Polls because the midterms have proven Trump’s assist considerably declining in comparison with DeSantis, who has been rumored to be contemplating his personal 2024 bid.
Polling beforehand indicated that DeSantis had probably the most assist amongst Republican options to Trump in a 2024 main, however the former president led by a lot bigger margins than he has just lately.
Christie and a number of other different main get together leaders have referred to as for the get together to maneuver on from Trump.
Christie informed the Occasions that internet hosting Fuentes and Ye was a matter of getting consideration.
“He can’t stand not having consideration on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “And so, having somebody present up at his membership — even should you imagine that he didn’t know who Nick Fuentes was — and wish to sit with him, feeds the starvation he feels for the eye he’s lacking since he left the presidency.”
Trump mentioned in a Fact Social publish after the assembly that Ye had requested to satisfy, however he didn’t know Fuentes. He mentioned Ye “expressed” no antisemitism in the course of the assembly.