Pence Says Trump Should Apologize for Dinner With White Nationalist
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Donald Trump should apologize for dining last week with rapper Ye and a well-known white nationalist, saying his former boss showed “profoundly poor judgment” and should denounce “their hateful rhetoric without qualification.”
Pence is the most prominent Republican to criticize the former president for his meeting last week at his Mar-a-Lago resort with Ye, who was formerly known as Kanye West and has lost business partners after making anti-Semitic remarks, and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
“President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologize for it,” Pence said in an interview airing Monday with Leland Vittert, an anchor with NewsNation.
Pence said in the interview he doesn’t believe Trump is antisemitic, a racist or a bigot and would not have agreed to be his vice president if he were. But Pence, who could challenge Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, said his former boss “demonstrated profoundly poor judgment.”
Asked at an event at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs if he would run for president in 2024, Pence said he and his family would discuss his future when they gather in his home state of Indiana over the Christmas holidays.
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