Kanye West sparked outrage Thursday when he declared his “love” for the Nazis and admiration for Adolf Hitler himself during a rambling hours-long livestream with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
In Jones’ Infowars, West—now known as Ye—wears a black mask that completely covers his face, and spouts sin, pornography, and the devil.
“I like Hitler,” West said at one point.
Even though West covered his face—the mask has neither eyes nor mouth—it looked unmistakably him. Jones referred to him as West as they spoke, Infowars labeled the interview as West, and at one point Jones picked up West’s phone and posted a tweet in real time on his account.
West, who has said he will run for president of the United States in 2024, has spoken out about his struggle with mental illness, but his erratic behavior continues to draw attention.
The rapper and businessman watched his business relationships fall apart after a string of anti-Semitic comments.
But in a lengthy appearance on Infowars live, West was unrepentant, drawing shocking laughter from far-right host Jones who even disagreed.
“I also saw the good in Hitler,” he told Jones.
“This man … invented the highway, invented the microphone that I use as a musician, and you can’t say out loud that this man has done anything good, I’ve done it.
“I’ve done the sorting and everyone has something of value they brought to the table, especially Hitler.
“I like Hitler.”
Jones, a serial provocateur who was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for claiming one of the deadliest school shootings in the United States was a “hoax,” interjected that “the Nazis were thugs and did very bad things. “
West didn’t flinch.
“But they also did good things. We have to stop vilifying Nazis all the time… I love Nazis.”
In October, German sportswear giant Adidas cut off a lucrative partnership with West after the star made anti-Semitic comments, including threatening to “death con 3 to the Jews,” using the misspelled U.S. military readiness.
Parisian fashion house Balenciaga and US clothing retailer Gap also ended their partnerships with West, who appeared at Paris shows wearing shirts with the slogan “White Lives Matter,” a nod to Black Lives Matter. condemned by the racial equality movement.
West appeared on The Jones Show alongside Nick Fuentes, the same white supremacist, and West had dinner with Donald Trump at the former president’s Florida estate last week, The meeting sparked outrage.
Thursday’s live broadcast immediately drew condemnation from the Republican Jewish Coalition, which called the trio “a disgusting triumvirate of conspiracy theorists, Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites.”
“Given his praise of Hitler, it cannot be overemphasized that Kanye West is a vile, repulsive bigot who attacks the Jewish community with threats and Nazi-style slurs,” the coalition said. a statement said.
“Conservatives who falsely indulge Kanye West must make it clear that he is a pariah. Enough is enough.”
(Aside from the title, this story is unedited by NDTV staff and published via a syndicated feed.)
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