Kanye West has been spotted with another concerning figure from the alt-right Nick Fuentes, following his announcement to run for president in 2024.
Earlier this week (Nov. 22), the Donda creator revealed he visited Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago estate, where he had a question for the former commander-in-chief. Kanye asked his former opponent in the 2020 election to be his running mate in the 2024 race.
While Ye has long since been a vocal supporter of Trump, despite allegedly receiving death threats for doing so, his new associations are worrying.
On Wednesday, footage of Kanye West at the Miami airport with white nationalist Nick Fuentes surfaced, reportedly taken before his Trump meeting. Other reports state that Fuentes and Ye were also seen together at Trump’s golf club.
Fuentes, who hosts an online show called America First, rose to prominence in alt-right circles after becoming an influential figure during the “Stop the Steal” movement. The organization aimed to overturn the 2020 election result in favor of Donald Trump.
He also participated in the 2017 white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. An avowed neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of counterprotesters during the rally, killing a woman and injuring 35 people.
Like Milo Yiannopoulos who Kanye West recently asked to join his election campaign, Nick Fuentes also espouses racist, antisemitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
“You can call us racists, white supremacists, Nazis, & bigots,” Fuentes wrote in a Facebook post following the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, as per SPLC. “You can disavow us on social media from your cushy Campus Reform job. But you will not replace us. The rootless transnational elite knows that a tidal wave of white identity is coming. And they know that once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us. The fire rises!”
Nick Fuentes also used the n-word during a broadcast of “America First,” aired in January 2022. He referred to Steve Bannon as a “fat retard,” who is trying to “flood the zone with n##### votes.” Watch the clip below.
On other occasions, Fuentes argued segregation and Jim Crow was better for Black people.
“They had to drink out of a different water fountain,” Fuentes said, according to Mother Jones. “Oh no, they had to go to different schools. Their water fountain in that famous picture was worse. Who cares? Grow up, drink out of the f###### water fountain. It’s water, it’s the same. Even if it was bad, who cares. We all agree, it’s better for them, it’s better for us. It’s better in general.”
He also struggles to not let the n-word slip out during broadcasts and uses homophobic slurs.
“They probably called into the lobby, these f######—I almost just said the n-word right there. Whatever, f##### leftists, nice try. These Blacks at the counter, they’re f###### up my opsec.”