Billionaire Elon Musk was dragged for a tweet he wrote in mid-October just before acquiring Twitter saying rapper and designer Ye “took to heart” his “concerns” over an antisemitic tweet Ye had written.
But Ye—who recently announced a 2024 presidential bid on the Republican ticket—has only doubled down on his antisemitism these last few weeks and is making headlines again, this time for embracing German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler during an appearance on the conspiracy theory website Infowars.
Ye appeared even to shock host Alex Jones when, in response to Jones’ objection to people calling Ye a “Nazi,” Ye declared there were “good things about Hitler,” who orchestrated the systematic genocide of more than 11 million people including over six million Jews and millions of Romani, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and critics of the Nazi regime.
“Well, I see good things about Hitler too. I love everyone.”
“Jewish people are not going to tell me you can love us, and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography.”
“But this guy who invented highways, invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I’m done with that.”
When Jones expressed his disapproval, Ye interjected, saying:
“I like Hitler.”
Ye’s remarks mark his latest controversy amid a series of high-profile scandals related to his antisemitism, which has only reflected badly on Musk, who in October said he expressed his “concerns” to Ye after Ye was locked out of Twitter for posting an antisemitic tweet.
You can see Musk’s thoroughly ironic tweet below.
The tweet strikes a considerable chord given Ye’s praise for Hitler came just after he stormed out of an interview with far-right YouTuber Tim Pool after receiving slight pushback against his antisemitism.
That incident came mere days after he was criticized for accompanying White nationalist Nick Fuentes—his fellow Infowars guest—to a highly controversial meeting with former Republican President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
It stings even more now that Musk has confirmed that he suspended Ye’s Twitter account after Ye tweeted a swastika, which is widely recognized for its appropriation by the Nazi Party and by neo-Nazis.
Hardly anyone was surprised Musk’s tweet had aged so horribly.
Many even compared him to Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, who voted to confirm Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court—all the while insisting he would not undermine Roe v. Wade—despite Kavanaugh’s history of hardline conservative jurisprudence and concerns over what that could mean for reproductive rights.
Ye received backlash after White Lives Matter shirts—including ones worn by Ye and Candace Owens—were unveiled during his YZY Paris Fashion Week show. As a result, Ye went on several misogynoir and antisemitic rants and was accused of anti-Blackness by community activists.
Instagram locked Ye out of his account after he posted an antisemitic conspiracy theory in screenshots of text messages with Sean “Diddy” Combs.
In response, Ye returned to Twitter after a long hiatus to accuse Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg of personally locking him out of his account after Instagram announced it locked him out for posts that violated its policies. Ye also tweeted he’d go “death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE,” prompting media attention and further accusations of antisemitism.
He returned to Instagram in late October, shortly after he was escorted out of the Sketchers headquarters to announce that he’d lost $2 billion in one day.
Adidas announced it was ending his $1.5 billion deal with Ye. Additionally, TJX Companies—which owns department stores and TJ Maxx—and Gap said they would no longer sell Ye’s apparel.
The losses were significant enough Forbesreported Ye had been knocked off Forbesbillionaires list.
Undeterred, Ye continued to make headlines for sharing antisemitic content.
Eventually it became too much for even “absolute free speech” crusader Musk and Ye’s Twitter account was suspended.