Lord Damp Nut’s dinner with rapper/anti-Semite Ye (née Kanye West) and professional racist Nick Fuentes has resulted in total silence from Republicans.
Driving the news: Spokespeople for nearly two dozen House and Senate Republicans — including party leaders, co-chairs of caucuses and task forces focused on Judaism or antisemitism and sponsors of legislation to combat antisemitic hate crimes — did not respond to requests for comment.
Why it matters: The dynamic highlights the stranglehold Trump still has on the Republican Party outside a small group of vocal critics, even in the aftermath of poor performances by his handpicked candidates in the midterm elections.
Or it could just be that the Republicans are, you know, down with it. There are a few exceptions:
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) called it “indefensible,” while Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted: “[H]as [House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy] condemned this yet? Or nah?” Both are vocal Trump critics leaving office in January.
- Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), the GOP co-chair of the Caucus for the Advancement of Torah Values, told Axios of the dinner: “I am appalled.”
- Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), likely the next chair of the House Oversight Committee, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump “needs better judgment in who he dines with.”
Out of the 4 Republicans you responded, two are out of office come January, One uses the word “appalled,” and the other offers guest list etiquette.