In another controversial case, Kanye West took it a step further: After making anti-Semitic remarks, West praised dictator Adolf Hitler.
In a lengthy interview Thursday, the rapper shared his feelings with outrageous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Jones recently received a court order to pay $965 million in damages for spreading false statements about the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting.
Kanye’s comments after Jones provided him an opportunity to distance himself from anti-Semitic remarks on social media.
“You’re not Hitler; you’re not a Nazi, you don’t deserve to be called that and demonized,” he said.
“I see good things about Hitler also,” he added.
“This guy that invented highways invented the very microphone that I use every day as a musician. You can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I’m done with that. I’m done with the classifications. Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
But Hitler didn’t develop the highways or the microphone. So perhaps the description of the highways is a confusing reference to the Autobahn, a road project that began in Germany before the Nazis came to power.
We can’t decipher where the microphone statement is coming from. But, as many know, Emile Berliner invented that technology when he partnered with Thomas Edison in the 19th century.
At one point in the interview, Jones stated that he doesn’t like Nazis. Kanye then replied, “I like Hitler.”
“I don’t like the word ‘evil’ next to Nazis,” he stated. It came after Jones said, “CNN says white people are evil Nazis,” stirring up laughter from the host.
“I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis,” Kanye added.
During the interview, Kanye wore a black hood over his face.He also talked mostly about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mocking the newly re-elected politician. Netanyahu is a long-time ally of former President Donald Trump.
However, in recent times, the prime minister slammed Trump for meeting with Kanye and his white supremacist ally Nick Fuentes.
Kanye carried a net and a Yoo-Hoo chocolate milk can to try and ridicule Netanyahu.
“I just heard about this guy two weeks ago, and I thought he had a funny name,” he stated.
Although Kanye’s remarks sent a bombshell to the crowd and made Jones uncomfortable, it’s not the first time the mogul’s name has been linked to Hitler. In October, CNN reported that the Fuhrer fascinated the rapper. He even contemplated naming an album after him.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party achieved for the German people,” an anonymous business exec who partnered with the mogul said.
According to the exec, Kanye didn’t hide his reading of Hitler’s 1925 manifesto Mein Kampf. Moreover, he openly talked about his “admiration” for the Nazis’ propaganda use.
Additionally, the source said Kanye’s closest friends know his fascination with Nazism. Another four unidentified sources stated that he intended to name his 2018 album Hitler ahead of changing it to Ye.