In an hour-long interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, rapper Ye praised Hitler, made anti-Semitic jokes and opened up about his recent encounter with former President Donald Trump.
The interview became one of the biggest stories on the internet on Thursday, dominating social media discussions for hours. “Kanye” became the top trending topic on Twitter and, according to Google Trends, searches for “Infowars” increased during the interview.
During the live-streamed exchange, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, repeatedly referenced anti-Semitic stereotypes, made anti-Semitic jokes and praised Hitler. NBC News previously reported that Ye used anti-Semitic language in the workplace and spoke positively about the Nazi dictator, which resulted in at least one paid settlement.
“The Jewish media gave us the impression that the Nazis and Hitler never offered anything of value to the world,” Ye said at one point in the interview. “I also see good things about Hitler.”
Snippets of Ye’s statements quickly went viral on other social media platforms. On Twitter, videos of Ye praising Hitler quickly gained hundreds of thousands of views.
Following the interview, Ye received criticism from former friends, supporters and collaborators. On Thursday, the Republican House Judiciary Committee appeared to delete a viral tweet from October that read “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”, and Elon Musk tweeted: “@kanyewest Jesus taught love, kindness and forgiveness. I used to think turning the other cheek was weak and silly, but I was silly not to appreciate his profound wisdom. The Parler’s Twitter account, the alternative social media platform that Ye said he was planning to buy, too tweeted Thursday that the agreement was terminated by mutual agreement in mid-November.
Over the past few months, Ye has repeatedly made statements targeting Jews or using Jewish stereotypes, leading to Twitter and Instagram suspensions, the end of his company’s work with Adidas, and the end of many other professional partnerships. that the rapper had with companies, like fashion brand Balenciaga.
On November 20, Ye announced that he intended to run for president in 2024. In the weeks that followed, Ye revealed that he would be working with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and far-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos on his campaign.
This week, Ye also appeared on Tim Pool’s conservative-leaning YouTube show. When Pool started pushing back against Ye’s anti-Semitic statements, Ye walked away from the interview.
On Jones’ show, Ye was allowed to freely make anti-Semitic statements alongside Fuentes with few questions from Jones, who at times said that he himself was not anti-Semitic. In November, Jones was ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, for promoting the lie that the 2012 massacre was a hoax.
Embroiled in his anti-Semitic remarks, Ye also addressed his recent dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, saying “Trump loved Nick.” Ye said, “He looked at me and said, ‘Where did you find this kid?
The account adds to the growing controversy surrounding Fuentes’ presence at the dinner table, which has drawn bipartisan criticism given that he is a white supremacist. Trump has since denied knowing who Fuentes was during the encounter.