Bannon: Kanye West Meeting Trump Was A ‘Troll Op’

I’ve worked with Steve Bannon over the years and he even sent me around the world to film a counter-terror/border wall documentary. He’s right on this one. Trump got trolled at this meeting and his staffers should have stopped it from happening.

Newsweek reported:

Steve Bannon called out Donald Trump’s staff for allowing the recent dinner between rapper Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes to take place at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

Trump, who earlier this month announced his 2024 presidential bid, continues facing rebuke for the dinner with Fuentes, a Holocaust denier, and West, who has recently made several antisemitic remarks online where he said he would go “death con 3” on the Jewish population. However, the former president has defended the meeting, saying he did not know who Fuentes was.

Bannon, a former Trump strategist, questioned during an episode of his War Room podcast on Saturday why Trump’s staff allowed the controversial meeting to take place, describing it as a setup to tarnish Trump’s image.

“Did the staff think that this was a good idea?” he asked, describing the dinner, in which West, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, offered Trump a spot as his running mate on his own presidential run as a “trolling operation.”

He said the meeting was intended to “insult Trump,” “put Trump in his place,” and make it seem as though the former president “lacks judgment.” Bannon also pointed to the onslaught of criticism Trump has faced from former supporters such as John Bolton, who served as Trump’s national security adviser.

“So this was well thought through. This just didn’t happen. The staff should know that. The staff should be on top of that. The staff should be doing interventions into this, if that’s the case, and make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen,” Bannon added.

Most of the criticism surrounding the dinner is directed at the presence of Fuentes, who gained notoriety after attending the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He is known for making antisemitic comments, including comparing the mass genocide carried out during the Holocaust to baking cookies in an oven.

Meanwhile in a Truth Social post on Friday, Trump defended the dinner and said: “So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed ‘advice.'”

The former president continued: “We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President. Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism [and] I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.'”

According to Trump, West showed up with three people, two of which he did not know and another person who he had not “seen in years.”

The left is going to go all out even more than they did when Trump was president to try and stop him from winning. The people around him should know this.

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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