Kanye West praises Hitler and embarrasses the Republican Party

“I see good things in Hitler.” Then: “I love Jews, but I also love Nazis. » By saying these words in a hilarious new three-hour interview, US rapper Kanye West – now nicknamed Ye – managed to make his host, Alex Jones, just a little bit uncomfortable.

The latter, an influential figure in the conspiracy world and the extreme right, received the rapper on Thursday 1.eh December on his show “Infowars” with white supremacist Nick Fuentes. The couple had made headlines a week earlier when Donald Trump hosted dinner at his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago. An appointment that caused a stir in the Republican Party.

Alex Jones himself was at the heart of the legal news in October and November. He was sentenced twice – for a total of 1.4 billion dollars (1.3 billion euros) – to pay compensation to the families of the victims of the massacre at the school in Sandy Hook (Connecticut). ), in 2012. He had claimed it was a fake. On Friday, he declared personal bankruptcy before the courts in order not to pay a single penny. But these annoyances did not encourage him to keep a low profile.

By hosting Ye, the host knew and hoped for the echo that the rapper’s anti-Semitic drive – evident for months – would provoke. “You are not Hitler. You are not a Nazi. You do not deserve to be called that and demonized.”, he tried. The rapper, who was fully masked with a robber’s balaclava, did not take the friendly hand. “Every human being has something of value to contribute, especially Hitler.” Meanwhile, Nick Fuentes was all smiles in the studio.

Freedom from online hate

This hateful one-upmanship continued Thursday night when Ye tweeted a photo of a swastika embedded in a Star of David. The new head of the social network, Elon Musk, much appreciated in the world of MAGA (“Make America Great Again”, the slogan of Donald Trump) as a fearless defender of freedom of expression, himself assessed that the rapper went a little too far. Kanye West’s account has been suspended due to “incitement to violence”.

In recent weeks, however, the new editorial line imposed by Elon Musk on Twitter has provoked an outburst of racist and xenophobic speech, as explained in an article by New York Times Friday. Kanye West is, in a way, the darkest sediment of a general trend, namely a release from hate online without euphemisms or make-up. Many accounts associated with the conspiratorial QAnon movement have been certified as advertisers fleeing Twitter.

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