Chief Twit Elon Musk has waded into the deep controversy surrounding Kanye West’s unhinged interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, in which the embattled rapper professed his ‘love’ of Nazis and admiration for Adolf Hitler.
Soon after West made the rambling, three-hour appearance on Jones’ Infowars podcast on Thursday, Musk responded to a tweet from West’s account commemorating the bizarre interview.
West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, had originally tweeted ‘Jesus is King’ along with a photo of a tweet that Jones, who is banned from Twitter, sent from West’s own account during the podcast.
Musk responded: ‘Jesus taught love, kindness and forgiveness. I used to think that turning the other cheek was weak & foolish, but I was the fool for not appreciating its profound wisdom.’
Musk waded into Kanye West’s latest controversy by responding to a photo of a tweet that Alex Jones, who is banned from Twitter, sent from West’s own account and then signed
After buying Twitter for $44 billion last month, Musk swiftly reinstated West’s account, which had been banned for the rapper’s anti-Semitic threats and insults
Kanye West (left) appears on Alex Jones’ podcast Infowars on Thursday with white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Kanye – who now goes by ‘Ye’ – said he ‘likes Hitler’ and that he ‘brought value’
After buying Twitter for $44 billion last month, Musk swiftly reinstated West’s account, which had been banned for the rapper’s anti-Semitic threats and insults, including his vow to go ‘death con 3 on Jewish people.’
Although Musk has promised broad-based amnesty for previously banned Twitter accounts, he has specifically vowed to maintain a ban on Jones and Infowars.
‘I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame,’ Musk said just last week in upholding Twitter’s ban on Jones, who has previously claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was a hoax.
It’s unclear whether Musk’s musing on ‘turning the other cheek’ was in reference to West, or to Jones, who signed the printed tweet in the photo to which Musk responded, or to a general philosophy of life.
Regardless, West’s vile, protracted outburst praising Hitler and Nazis has raised fresh controversy over how Musk handles content moderation on Twitter, with some calling for the ban on West to be reinstated.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote in a tweet directed at Musk: ‘is this someone you still want to warmly welcome back to the platform? Jews right now need allies, not enablers.’
West allowed Jones, who is banned from Twitter, to use his phone and account to tweet on Thursday
During the three-hour broadcast, Jones’ assistants printed out his tweet he sent on Kanye’s account. The rapper added a note ‘Jesus is king’ and Jones also signed the paper
Musk faced fresh calls to ban West, including from ADL director Johnathan Greenblatt
‘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,’ wrote Greenblatt. ‘His comments today on InfoWars are not just vile and offensive: they put Jews in danger.’
During the Infowars podcast on Thursday, West addressed Greenblatt’s organization, saying, ‘Nobody cares about the ADL. They’re played out.’
‘We don’t care anymore, ADL, obviously. No one cares. Shut up, no one cares, Jesus is king!’ added West.
West appeared on Infowars alongside Nick Fuentes, the young white supremacist whom the rapper recently brought along on a social visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
Wearing a fabric mask to cover his entire face, West ranted: ‘I see good things about Hitler… every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.’
‘This guy… invented highways, invented the very microphone that I used 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 classification, every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler. I like Hitler,’ said West.
‘I see good things about Hilter… every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler,’ said West in the interview on Thursday
West sat next to Jones, with a Bible placed in front of him. At times, he held a small net and bottle of chocolate drink Yoohoo, which he addressed as ‘Net-and-Yahoo’ in a play on the name of former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Though West wore a mask for the entire appearance, there was no doubt that it was the rapper himself speaking, as cameras showed him allowing Jones to use his Twitter account to post in real time on the live broadcast.
Later, he said the Germans ‘had a really good leader at one point’, and denied that Hitler had ordered the deaths of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
‘He didn’t kill six million Jews. That’s just factually incorrect,’ West said in what were by some measure, his most anti-Semitic remarks to date.
‘I’m not trying to be shocking. I like Hitler. The Holocaust is not what happened… Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities,’ he said.
Even Jones, who is no stranger to controversy, seemed visibly uncomfortable at times during the broadcast, and sought to distance himself from West’s remarks.
Jones insisted he was no fan of Hitler, and at one point interjected that ‘the Nazis were thugs and did really bad things.’
West did not back down, responding: ‘But they did good things too. We gotta stop dissing the Nazis all the time… I love Nazis.’