Rapper Kanye West said in a December 1 interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that he sees “good things about Hitler.”
Jones told West, who appeared with his face covered alongside white nationalist Nick Fuentes, that people were portraying the rapper as a Nazi. “I see good things about [Adolf] Hitler,” West replied. “I love everyone and Jewish people are not going to tell me: You can love us and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography.” He then falsely claimed that Hitler invented microphones and highways, per Yahoo! News. “I like Hitler,” West added, claiming that the “Jewish media” have made it seem like Hitler and the Nazis provided zero “value” to the world. West also claimed that Hitler didn’t murder six million Jews. Jones said he agreed that the “Jewish mafia” is real, though he acknowledged that most Jews are “great people.” West later suggested that Zionists were behind the Planned Parenthood killing Blacks, according to The New York Post.
Alex Jones: "You're not Hitler. You're not a Nazi."
Ye: "Well, I see good things about Hitler, also. Every human being has value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler." pic.twitter.com/xZtjq18dm6
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 1, 2022
Ye: “We gotta stop dissing the Nazis all the time” pic.twitter.com/BUEvT1buMH
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 1, 2022
Kanye "Ye" West on Hitler: "He had a really cool outfit and he was a really good architect … and he didn't kill 6 million Jews." pic.twitter.com/BP2xrAQURG
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 1, 2022
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, “Saying you ‘like Hitler,’ ‘love the Nazis,’ and spending all your time with a white supremacist makes one thing clear: Ye is a vicious antisemite. His comments today on InfoWars are not just vile and offensive: they put Jews in danger.”
Saying you “like Hitler,” “love the Nazis,” and spending all your time with a white supremacist makes one thing clear: Ye is a vicious antisemite. His comments today on InfoWars are not just vile and offensive: they put Jews in danger.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) December 1, 2022
The American Jewish Committee similarly tweeted, “When three of America’s top antisemites and conspiracy theorists—Ye, Fuentes, and Jones—come together to demonize Jews and praise Hitler, it’s incumbent on all people of goodwill to forcefully condemn this vile hatred. Will you join us? Will you stand with the Jewish community?”
When three of America’s top antisemites and conspiracy theorists—Ye, Fuentes, and Jones—come together to demonize Jews and praise Hitler, it's incumbent on all people of goodwill to forcefully condemn this vile hatred.
Will you join us?
Will you stand with the Jewish community?
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) December 1, 2022
Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean Rabbi Marvin Hier and Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda Rabbi Abraham Cooper also said in a statement, “History teaches us that words and ideas can have profound consequences. Kanye West’s serial anti-Semitism is now accompanied with the deconstruction of evil. Louis Farrakhan, America’s godfather of hate called Hitler ‘a great man.’ Following in his footsteps, Kanye West—influencer of millions—now touts Hitler as ‘bringing something of value to the table.’ Yes Kanye, what Hitler brought to the table was genocide, racism, and a world war that killed tens of millions and almost destroyed our civilization. Before he had the power to act, back in 1919, Hitler already outlined his vision of ‘the final removal of Jews.’”
Republican Jewish Coalition National Chairman and CEO Matt Brooks condemned West’s remarks in a statement. “Today’s InfoWars show featuring Alex Jones, Nick Fuentes, and Kanye West – a disgusting triumvirate of conspiracy theorists, Holocaust deniers, and antisemites – was a horrific cesspool of dangerous, bigoted Jew hatred,” they said. “We vehemently condemn those 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 of Hitler, it can’t be overstated that Kanye West is a vile, repellent bigot who has targeted the Jewish community with threats and Nazi-style defamation. Conservatives who have mistakenly indulged Kanye West must make it clear that he is a pariah. Enough is enough.”
Representative Ritchie Torres (D-NY) tweeted that West’s remarks were “Nazism.” “When are we going to say ENOUGH?” the congressman asked.
JUST NOW: "I see good things about Hitler, also. The Jews… Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler."
— Kanye West on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' InfoWars show.
This is Nazism. When are we going to say ENOUGH?
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) December 1, 2022