Virulently antisemitic comments by Ye spark new GOP criticism

Last updated on December 1, 2022

A virulently antisemitic Thursday interview with Ye by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is sparking new GOP condemnation of the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, nine days after Ye brought a white supremacist to dine with Donald Trump.

Ye appeared on Jones’ “InfoWars” show with Nick Fuentes, his guest during the Trump dinner — a known racist and antisemite — and made a host of antisemitic comments with his face covered by a black mask, repeating the lie that the Holocaust did not happen and praising Adolf Hitler.

The Republican Jewish Coalition slammed the Ye-Fuentes appearance with Jones, who was recently ordered to pay $965 million in damages to those who suffered from his lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, as a “horrific cesspool of dangerous, bigoted Jew hatred.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, the GOP Jewish group urged “all political leaders to reject these messengers of hate and relegare them to the dustbin of history where they belong,” a reference to Ye, Fuentes and Jones. The group added: “Conservatives who have mistakenly indulged Kanye West must make clear that he is a pariah. Enough is enough.”

Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), a rising star in the GOP, tweeted that Ye’s “anti-Semitic comments today were disgusting,” blasting the rapper in “the strongest possible terms. We must call out this hateful rhetoric and root out anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head.”

Also following the Thursday interview, a Twitter account representing the House Judiciary Committee’s GOP members deleted an October tweet that said simply “Kanye. Elon. Trump,” appearing to praise Ye alongside the new owner of Twitter and the former president. The tweet had drawn scathing criticism from Democrats on the now-Musk-owned social platform as Ye escalated his public antisemitic comments in recent months.

A spokesperson for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the party’s top member on the Judiciary panel and its chair-in-waiting, did not immediately return a request for comment on the tweet’s deletion.