Kanye West provokes again: “I like Hitler” and…

The US rapper again caused outrage with statements in which he sympathized with Hitler and the Nazis. The Israeli ambassador to the US is “disgusted”.

The US rapper who has fallen into disrepute for anti-Semitic statements Kanye West again caused outrage. “I like Hitler” and “I love Nazis,” said the musician and fashion entrepreneur in an interview with well-known far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Thursday. “I also see good things in Hitler.” The rapper’s statements immediately caused outraged reactions.

“This guy (…) invented highways and the microphone that I used as a musician,” said the rapper, who changed his name to Ye, and wore a black mask that covered his entire face for the interview. “Man I can’t say out loud that this person has ever done any good, and I don’t do it anymore.”

When Jones countered that the Nazis did “really bad things”, West replied, “But they also did good things. We have to stop dissing the Nazis all the time. (…) I love Nazis.” The well-known anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes was also present at the interview on Jones’ platform Infowars.

“Vile, vile fanatic”

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which sees itself as a bridge between the Republican Party and the Jewish community, described West as a “vile, vile fanatic who has targeted the Jewish community with threats and Nazi-style slander.” West, Fuentes and Jones would form a “disgusting triumvirate of conspiracy theorists, Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites”.

The Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Herzog, said he was “disgusted” by the West interview. “At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise, it is alarming that such vile rhetoric should be given a platform and legitimized.”

Adidas ends collaboration

The rapper, who struggles with mental health issues, has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements in the past. The German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas ended its collaboration with the 45-year-old in October with immediate effect, after West made threats against Jews on Twitter. Also other companies like the fashion brand Balenciaga have ended their partnership with West.

Most recently, he took care of the reality TV star for years Kim Kardashian married West caused a stir when he teamed up with Fuentes at ex-US President Donald Trump had dinner at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida property. Trump has also come under fire from within his own ranks because of the encounter.

Mike demands an apology from Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence said what Trump did was “wrong”. “I think he should apologize.” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said there was “no place for anti-Semitism and racism” in the party. Anyone who meets with anti-Semites and racists is “highly unlikely ever to be elected President of the United States.”

Trump announced in mid-November that he wanted to run again in the 2024 presidential election. According to his own statements, Kanye West also wants to run for office.


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