A day after rap mogul and aspiring politician Ye made a disturbing tirade saying he “loved” the Nazis, admired Adolph Hitler, and believed the Holocaust was a hoax, President Joe Biden rebuked such hate speeches and those who set the stage for it. condemned.
“The Holocaust has happened. Hitler was an evil figure,” Biden tweeted on Friday morning, adding that “our political leaders must call out and reject antisemitism wherever it hides” – a punch to the Republicans who allowed the rapper formerly known as Kanye West to become a famous messenger for right-wing purposes.
Announcing that he plans to run for president in 2024, Ye made dire comments during an appearance on alt-right outlet Infowars on Thursday. The host, prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, tried to suppress Ye’s past of antisemitism.
“You’re not Hitler, you’re not a Nazi, you don’t deserve to be called that and demonized,” Jones told Ye.
But the rapper and fashion designer proudly replied: “I see good things about Hitler.”
It wasn’t a one-time statement. During the interview, Ye also said about Hitler: “I love him” and “He seems like a cool guy. He had a really cool outfit and something and he was a really good architect.”
When Jones told Ye that he admired Hitler’s “look” and not his dark role in history, the rapper corrected him again. “There are many things I love about Hitler. A share things,” Ye said.
At another moment, Ye falsely suggested that Hitler “did not kill 6 million Jews.” This is actually wrong.
In the midst of these words, the House of Justice GOP’s Twitter account deleted his October tweet: “Kanye. elon. Koz.”—the rapper seemed to frame new Twitter owner Elon Musk and former President Donald Trump as pillars of the Republican Party.
Trump dined at Mar-a-Lago last month with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes. While some Republicans criticized the former president for the meal, most remained silent.
Vice found that Fox News host Tucker Carlson, one of the most influential right-wing figures in the media, had also promoted Ye and tried to hide him by editing the rapper’s antisemitic comments on his October show.
“Silence is complicity,” Biden concluded in a tweet on Friday.