Orthodox Union, Simon Wiesenthal Center blast Trump for meeting Kanye, Nick Fuentes

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Nick Fuentes, far-right activist, holds a rally at the Lansing Capitol, in Lansing, Michigan, November 11, 2020. (Nicole Hester/ Ann Arbor News via AP)
Nick Fuentes, far-right activist, holds a rally at the Lansing Capitol, in Lansing, Michigan, November 11, 2020. (Nicole Hester/ Ann Arbor News via AP)

The Orthodox Union, a US umbrella group, condemns former US president Donald Trump for meeting Kanye West and Nick Fuentes.

Trump met “some of the most vicious antisemitic figures in this country is deeply worrisome,” the organization’s leadership says in a statement.

“We call on former president Trump to condemn these individuals and cut ties with them and their associates. As a major public figure, Donald Trump has a responsibility to denounce hate in all of its forms and lead by example for his many followers. Anything less gives a stamp of approval to the world’s oldest hatred,” the Orthodox Union says.

The organization calls on “responsible leaders — especially those in the Republican party” to speak up and “be counted among those who explicitly reject antisemitism.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group, also denounces Trump for the meeting with West and Fuentes.

“President Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West would be similar to a meeting of the president of the United States with leaders of the KKK,” says Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center’s CEO.

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