Kanye West continued his bizarre alt-right media tour on Monday (Nov. 28) when he was joined by Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos on Tim Pool’s Timcast IRL podcast. At first, West (now called Ye) vigorously defended himself against the media backlash fueled by his recent outburst of anti-Semitic remarks — while doubling down by repeating hate speech about Jewish control of the media and banking — but then Pole cautiously probed that line of interrogation Ye quickly stopped.
“I just have to get to the heart of this anti-Semitic allegation,” West said as he dove into a monologue accusing former retail partners Gap and Adidas, as well as Fashion magazine, former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump and his personal trainer of being part of a Jewish-led conspiracy to destroy his career. “It’s the truth,” Ye said of his anti-Semitic claims, pointing to his rapid fall from grace as evidence that he was targeted and taken down by a shadowy, citing former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner for no. obvious reason other than that they are Jewish.
When the right-wing host Pool examined that area and noted that where West sees Jewish people and “associates” them with power, Pool doesn’t think it’s irrelevant to the discussion. Yiannopoulos then praised West for breaking the “greatest dam”, seemingly referring to the discussion of hateful tropes over alleged Jewish control of media and banks. “We all wondered how this dam would break… what is the root of this hypocrisy? Why can people talk about white people in a certain way, why can’t we talk about that group in a certain way?” he asked. “The wretched and evil and prevailing orthodoxy of cancellation culture… well, it turns out the only thing that would break the dam was the biggest star in the world… and now the dam is broken.”
West complained that “they tried to put me in jail,” without going into details, discussing his “de-banking” and claiming he’s trying to start his own bank to get around the traditional systems. When the conversation turned more directly to accusations of Ye’s anti-Semitism, the rapper stiffened and threatened bail before doubling down on his anti-Jewish statements. “I feel like it’s a setup…I’m going to leave the show if I have to talk about it,” Ye said. “‘You can’t say Jewish people did it’ when every sensible person knows – that Jon Stewart knows – what happened to me, and they went too far.” Then, less than 23 minutes into the conversation, Ye walked away.
Trump has been widely condemned, by both sides of the political aisle, for hosting Ye and white nationalist Fuentes last week at his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he, according to the disgraced rapper, threw the former commander-in-chief at being his vice president while West seemingly champions a second long-running bid for the White House.
Visibly angered by Polish anti-Semitism questions, West compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr., recalling the gruesome images of the 1960s civil rights struggle as a metaphor for his feelings about the collapse of his once-formidable fashion and music empire in the aftermath of his repeated insults against the Jewish people.
“I thought I was more Malcolm X, but I found out I’m more MLK. While I’m hosed down every day by the press and financially, I’m just standing there,” said West. “When I found out they were trying to put me in jail, it was like a dog bit my arm and I almost shed a tear. Almost. But I walked through it with great strides.” When Pool tried to commiserate with West by saying that “they” (whom he identified as the “corporate press”) had been “extremely unfair” to Ye, Fuentes tried to speak at the rapper’s behest before Kanye got tired of it, took off his headphones and angrily left the set.
“Corporate press. I don’t use the word as the way, I think, you use it [it]’ said Poole. “But they are, aren’t they,” Fuentes asked. “No, it’s not,” Pool replied. “What do you mean it isn’t?” you said annoyed before leaving.
Speaking of a sequel to Timcast, Pool said he thought the walk-off was “staged” by Ye, even though he called Yiannopoulos a “genius” for what he suspected was a secret plot by Milo to get revenge on Trump and ruining the twice-ousted real estate mogul’s chances of a third White House bid; Pool also noted that he finds Yiannopoulos and Fuentes’ statements about Jewish people “ridiculous”, as he speculated that West’s goal had always been to run off in protest to create a spectacle.
Fuentes has been called a “white supremacist” by the Anti-Defamation League, and in February was widely criticized at the America First conference for praising Adolf Hitler in his introduction to alt-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying, “And now they’re talking about Russia, and ‘Vladimir Putin is Hitler’ – and they say that’s not a good thing… Can we get a round of applause for Russia? Yes!”
Yiannopoulos, who also accompanied West recently and is said to be his presidential campaign manager for 2024, is a well-known right-wing troll who interned at Greene earlier this year and has been blocked from most major social media platforms for his repeated comments about Islam and feminism and his embrace of anti-Semitic figures.