Kanye West claims Trump screamed at him and said he’d lose 2024 presidential run at Mar-a-Lago dinner

West visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week

Shweta Sharma,Megan Sheets
Friday 25 November 2022 13:51 GMT
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Kanye West releases 2024 campaign video after meeting with Trump

Kanye West has claimed that Donald Trump flew into a rage over the rapper’s plans to run for president in 2024 as they had dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

West, who legally changed his name to Ye, described the chaotic exchange in a two-minute campaign-style teaser video posted to Twitter on Thursday evening, two days after his visit to Trump’s home in Florida.

The rapper had previously said that he’d used the occasion to ask Mr Trump to be his running mate in 2024. According to West’s video, Mr Trump unsurprisingly does not want him to run at all.

“When Trump started basically screaming at the table telling me I was gonna lose, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ‘wait, hold on Trump, you’re talking to Ye,’” he said laughing.

West added that Mr Trump was “perturbed” by the running mate offer, but said: “I think that was like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”

At another point in the video, West alleged that Mr Trump insulted his estranged wife Kim Kardashian. The video bleeped out the insult spoken by Ye, who said Mr Trump told him he can tell Ms Kardashian that “you can tell her I said that”.

“I was thinking, like, that’s the mother of my children,” the rapper added.

West was joined on his Mar-a-Lago trip by white supremacist Nick Fuentes, whom he said impressed the ex-president.

“It was the fact that I walked in with intelligence. So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes,” he said.

The video comes just two days after West visited Mr Trump’s Florida residence and made headlines after being pictured with Mr Fuentes.

Mr Fuentes is the founder of the far-right, white nationalist America First Foundation. He has been labelled as a white supremacist by the Department of Justice.

He was banned from social media platforms, including Twitter, for allegedly violating hate speech rules and had gained notreity for making antisemitic comments.

West, who has himself attracted severe criticism for making antisemitic comments as well, praised Mr Fuentes in the video and described him as a real “loyalist”.

“Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and some of the people [Trump] was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,” he said.

“When all the lawyers said, ‘forget it, Trump’s done,’ there were loyalists running up in the White House, right? And my question would be, ‘Why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6ers?’”

Mr Fuentes had also participated in the 2017 “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville which had turned violent. In the rally, a neo-Nazi drove his car into counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens more.

The video ended with the last slide reading “YE24” and his 2016 song “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” playing in the background.

The Yeezy shoe brand owner dropped a series of 2024 campaign videos on Thursday night, including news commentary by Fox News host Tucker Carlson praising him.

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