Kanye West went on an explosive anti-Semitic rant Thursday, this time praising Adolf Hitler during a conversation with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
“Infowars” host Jones, who in October was ordered to pay a $965 million judgement for spreading lies about the 2012 Newtown school shooting, initially heaped praise on West and said the rapper is being treated unfairly.
“You’re not a Nazi, you don’t deserve to be called that and demonized,” Jones told West.
The “Power” rapper, who now goes by Ye, was bizarrely dressed in a black mask that covered his entire face. He responded to Jones’ comment by going on a tirade about Jewish people and praised Hitler.
“Well, I see good things about Hitler also. I love everyone,” the hip-hop mogul responded. “And Jewish people are not going to tell me ‘you can love us, and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography,’ but this guy that invented highways, invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I’m done with that.”
West added, “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
The Yeezy designer appeared on the program with white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, who made headlines last week when he accompanied West to a dinner at Mar-a-Lago with former President Donald Trump.
Before Thursday’s interview ended, Jones tried to distance himself from West’s comments. The rapper had gone too far even for the embattled “Infowars” host.
“I’ve done a lot of studying and I think Hitler was a really bad guy,” Jones said, adding, “I know you’re trying to be shocking.”
West cut him off and shot back, “I’m not trying to be shocking. I like Hitler.”
The rapper then denied that the Holocaust ever happened and said, “Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities.”
Ye continues praising Hitler and denying the Holocaust on Infowars:
“I like Hitler, I’m not trying to be shocking, I like Hitler. The Holocaust is not what happened, let’s look at the facts of that and Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities.” pic.twitter.com/jp7wxOAv5I
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) December 1, 2022
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League immediately condemned West’s comments.
“Saying you ‘like Hitler,’ ‘love the Nazis,’ and spending all your time with a white supremacist makes one thing clear: Ye is a vicious antisemite. His comments today on ‘InfoWars’ are not just vile and offensive: they put Jews in danger,” Greenblatt tweeted.
West has faced backlash in recent weeks for making anti-Semitic comments on social media and in interviews. In response, he’s had his social media accounts restricted for using hate speech. He’s also been dropped by Adidas, The Gap, and Hollywood talent agency CAA.