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Kanye West links Jews to ‘financial engineering’ in further antisemitic comments

Hip hop star espouses anti-Jewish conspiracies and stereotypes in unreleased Fox News interview footage, amid a series of attacks against Jews

Kanye West at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 9, 2020. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Kanye West at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 9, 2020. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Hip hop star Kanye West made antisemitic comments in portions of a Fox News interview that were edited out of the program before it was broadcast earlier this week.

The statements espousing antisemitic conspiracy theories and stereotypes came amid an uproar over a series of other anti-Jewish comments from West in recent days.

Fox News broadcast the interview between West and host Tucker Carlson on Thursday and Friday, including controversial comments about Jared Kushner that some deemed antisemitic.

On Tuesday, Motherboard, part of the Vice Media company, released segments of the interview that were edited out of the final broadcast.

West’s digressions in the unreleased segments included muddled conspiracies about Jews as well as his belief that “fake children” had been planted in his home to manipulate his own children.

West has discussed his mental health issues in the past, including his bipolar disorder, which he has said makes him “hyper paranoid” during manic episodes. Some of his comments in the Carlson interview were grammatically confused and unclear.

The hip hop star, who now goes by Ye, linked Jews to financial manipulation in the interview, echoing a longstanding antisemitic trope.

“My kids are going to a school that teaches Black kids a complicated Kwanzaa. I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah than Kwanzaa. At least it would come with some financial engineering,” he told the far-right cable host.

In another clip released by Motherboard, West said Planned Parenthood had conspired to control Jews with the help of Margaret Sanger.

Sanger was an early birth control advocate whose work led to the formation of Planned Parenthood. She was a racist and eugenicist, views the organization has disavowed, and is the subject of conspiracies about controlling the Black population.

“Planned Parenthood was made by Margaret Sanger, a known eugenics, with the KKK to control the Jew population,” West said.

He then appeared to claim that all Black people are Jews. The false contention has been used to push antisemitism, including by the Black Hebrew Israelites, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Black Hebrew Israelites, who have also made anti-white and anti-LGBTQ claims, have said they are the true Israelites and that “so-called” Jews have stolen their identity. The group is wholly separate from Jewish people of color.

“When I say Jew, I mean the 12 lost tribes of Judah, the blood of Christ who the race, the people known as the race Black really are, is who our people are, the blood of Christ. This as a Christian is my belief,” West said. Earlier this week, he said he couldn’t be antisemitic because “black people are actually Jew.”

In another comment, West appeared to compare Black people judging each other to “a Jewish person judging another Jewish person on how good they danced.”

“I mean that’s probably like a bad example, people are gonna get mad at that shit but another thing that they do… I probably want to edit that out,” he said.

West also said he would be the “first Latino president,” adding, “I trust Latinos when I, you know, when I work with them.”

“I trust them more than — I’ll be safe, certain other businessmen, you know,” he said, without specifying who he was referring to.

The release of the footage added to a turbulent week in which West attacked Jews on several occasions.

In a segment of the interview that was not cut, West said Kushner had brokered the Abraham Accords for financial gain. Kushner is Jewish and served as a White House senior adviser under his father-in-law, former US president Donald Trump. West has previously met with Trump and supported the former president.

“You know, he made these peace treaties,” he began. “I just think it was to make money.”

“I just think that that’s what they’re about is making money. I don’t think that they have the ability to make anything on their own. I think they’re born into money,” West continued, apparently referencing Kushner and other members of his family whom West had discussed, including Kushner’s brother Josh. West also said the Kushners had acted like a “handler” to Trump.

West also wrote on Instagram, “F**K JOSH KUSHNER.”

Rapper Kanye West shows then US president Donald Trump a photograph of a hydrogen plane during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On Friday, West sparked another controversy when he posted on Instagram a series of text messages he said he had exchanged with hip hop star Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy or Diddy.

In one of the messages, West said, “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.” West captioned the Instagram post “Jesus is Jew.”

The argument between the two had erupted after West wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt at a Paris fashion show and Combs had called him out on it. The controversial slogan has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a “white supremacist phrase.”

West was barred from Instagram after the posts. He attacked Mark Zuckberberg, the Jewish owner of Instagram’s parent company Meta, formerly known as Facebook.

West then took to Twitter to write, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda,” in one of his first tweets in two years.

“Death con 3” appears to be a mistaken use of the US military heightened alert status DEFCON 3.

At another point he said, “Who you think created cancel culture?”

Twitter restricted West’s account and removed the tweet attacking Jews.

West has over 18 million followers on Instagram and 31.4 million on Twitter.

Some Republican personalities have come to West’s defense.

Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona said, “Pray for Kanye West. They will throw everything they have at him simply for speaking the truth.”

Mark Meuser, a Republican candidate for the US Senate in California, said, “Whether or not you agree with Kanye West’s views, isn’t it nice to finally see someone who isn’t afraid to go against the status quo that everyone else in his industry parrots?”

Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens said, “If you are an honest person, you did not think this tweet was antisemitic.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, “The constant hypocrisy from the media is at an all-time high. They have now gone after Kanye for his new fashion line, his independent thinking, and for having opposing thoughts from the norm of Hollywood.”

Missouri Attorney General and US Senate candidate Eric Schmitt said, “America needs a Kanye West Kid Rock tour. Let’s go!”

West’s comments were condemned by Jewish organizations including the Jewish Democratic Council of America, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the Conference of Presidents and the American Jewish Congress.

“Power. Disloyalty. Greed. Deicide. Blood. Denial. Anti-Zionism. All of these are antisemitic tropes,” the ADL said. “Many of these myths have influenced Kanye West’s comments recently, and it’s dangerous.”

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