Rapper Kanye West walked out of a interview on Monday after he was asked to defend remarks he made suggesting a Jewish cabal controlling media and finance was unfairly targeting him.
He appeared on a livestreamed episode of Tim Pool’s Timcast podcast alongside Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and far-right white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos, who is West’s campaign adviser for his 2024 presidential bid.
West, who now goes by Ye, has repeatedly attacked, mocked, and threatened Jews in recent weeks. He lost major brand partnerships with the German sportswear giant Adidas and US retailer Gap over recent antisemitic statements, and associations with extremists.
“I’m getting hosed down every day by the press, and financially,” West said, adding, “I found out that they tried to put me in jail.”
“I think they’ve been extremely unfair to you,” Pool conceded.
“Who is ‘they,’ though?” Ye challenged. “We can’t say who ‘they’ is, can we?”
“The press,” Pool stressed. “I don’t use the word as the way I guess you guys use [it].”
Fuentes then chimed in, “It is them though, isn’t it?” to which Pool swiftly responded, “No.”
“What do you mean it’s not?” West said.
As Pool began to respond, apparently by challenging West to defend his remarks, the latter got up and walked out.
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One of the other guests can then be heard saying to Pool, “Are you afraid of the press?”
“You guys want to bring that stuff up and think we’re not going to have a conversation?” Pool said after West left. “You think Ye’s gonna come in here and say, ‘Here’s my pain, here’s my suffering’… and it was Jewish people. I’m not gonna do this. I refuse.”
Fuentes and Yiannopoulos also walked out.
Earlier, West said that Jewish people suffer “pain” over the Holocaust, then continued, “I just gotta go right to the heart of this antisemite claim that’s happening. This is something, if you read the definition, it says you can’t claim that there’s multiple people inside of banks, or in media that are all Jewish, or you’re antisemitic. And that’s the truth. Like, it’s the truth.”
He said those who question the “indoctrination” are “demonized” and referred to a controversial antisemitic documentary that was promoted on social media by basketball player Kyrie Irving, who apologized after being suspended by his team, the Brooklyn Nets.
“What’s so beautiful about this time is everyone got to see what’s really been happening,” West said. “And now we can really understand, we can see that Rahm Emanuel was next to [Barack] Obama and Jared Kushner was right next to [Donald] Trump.”
Emanuel was the Obama administration chief of staff, while Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, was a special adviser to the former president. Both happen to be Jewish.
During the podcast West clarified that his dinner meeting with Trump last week was scheduled before the recent controversy over antisemitism.
Fuentes was also present at the dinner, though Trump later claimed he did not know who he was.
Fuentes has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust and asserts that Israel has a malicious influence on US policy. His YouTube channel was permanently suspended in early 2020 for violating the platform’s hate speech policy. He attended the racist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the Stop the Steal rally on January 6 that led to the insurrection at the Capitol.
Fuentes produces the “America First” podcast, which he has used to accumulate a large following known as the “Groyper Army.”