Leading Republicans in the US Congress have deleted a tweet seemingly showing support for Ye, a rapper formerly known as Kanye West, after he praised Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
Since October, a Twitter account of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee has featured a cryptic post that read, “Kanye. Elon. Trump” – apparently claiming Ye, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and former President Donald Trump as their property.
A day after the tweet was issued, Ye, who is Black, posted a message on Instagram — since deleted — saying he would be “death con 3” about Jewish people. He then made anti-Semitic remarks in interviews and dined with Trump and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
Still, the brief Republican tweet stood. In the end, it took a diatribe from Ye expressing his admiration for Hitler and causing widespread outcry to be quietly removed.
Shielded behind a face mask, Ye appeared alongside Fuentes on InfoWars, a show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, known for spreading lies surrounding events such as the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
The rapper said: “I see good things about Hitler…Every man has something of value that he brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
Even Jones, perhaps surrounded on his right for the first time, looked uneasy and said, “The Nazis were thugs.” Ye insisted: “But they also did good things. We have to stop calling the Nazis all the time.’
He later added: “I like Jewish people, but I also like Nazis.”
Jones tried to give Ye a chance to back down, but he remained adamant: “There are many things I love about Hitler. Many things.”
The comments could hardly have come at a worse time for Trump, whose recent dinner with Ye and Fuentes cast a shadow over his latest campaign to win the White House. The former president, long criticized for supporting white nationalism, has stated that he did not know Fuentes or his views, but has not apologized for hosting Ye.
Ye’s outburst also suggested that the Republicans’ attempt to align with one of the world’s most popular musicians in an attempt to woo young and black voters had failed.
Norm Coleman and Matt Brooks, leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement: “We strongly condemn these comments and call on all political leaders to reject these messengers of hate and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.
“Given his praise for Hitler, it cannot be overemphasized that Kanye West is a vicious, abhorrent bigot who has attacked the Jewish community with Nazi-style threats and slurs. Conservatives who have wrongly surrendered to Kanye West must make it clear that he is a pariah. Enough is enough.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: “Saying you are ‘like Hitler’, ‘love the Nazis’ and spend all your time with a white supremacist makes one thing clear: you are a vicious anti-Semite. His comments today on InfoWars are not just mean and offensive: they endanger Jews.”
Ye lost lucrative deals with companies like Gap and Adidas in recent months. It was announced on Thursday that Ye’s deal to buy Parler, a conservative social media app, had also been called off.