Kanye West has been condemned by leaders of Jewish organizations after the rapper said that Adolf Hitler had “something of value” in a recent interview on Infowars, the radio shows of far-right commentator and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
Ye appeared alongside white nationalist Nicke Fuentes on the Infowars broadcast on December 1st. After Jones argued that West didn’t “deserve to be “demonized” for his recent antisemitic comments, Kanye argued that even Hitler, the German dictator who oversaw the Holocaust, had good traits. According to the rapper, there were “good things about Hitler also.”
Noting that he “loves everyone”, West explained: “I am done with the classifications. Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table – especially Hitler.” He had previously argued that “we need to stop dissing the Nazis all the time.”
West’s comments were quickly condemned by celebrities and Jewish leaders, with Anti-Defemation League chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt describing the rapper’s comments as “vicious”.
In a tweet, Greenblatt wrote: “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.”
Executives as the Republican Jewish Coalition went on to “vehemently condemn” the 45-year-old music mogul, calling on political leaders to “reject “reject these messengers of hate.”
Elsewhere, Actor Josh Gad has criticised Twitter owner Elon Musk for allowing West to return to the social media site. “It’s not what Kanye West says that scares me,” he wrote. “It’s that he has 30 million followers who listen to his insanity on top of a cheerleader in the form of the current owner of this platform. No one who says ‘I love Hitler’ should be allowed any oxygen on any social platform (period).”