Despite scandal after scandal, the disgraced bigot and rapper is officially running for President.
The infamous rapper currently known as “Ye,” formerly known as Kanye West, is apparently running for President, much to the amusement and chagrin of most decent Americans, who, in all likelihood, are getting rather tired of arrogant celebrities running for public office. The announcement, reported by The Guardian this Friday, is yet another example of how our politics have become increasingly occupied by the prejudiced and politically unfit, but more than that, it is illustrative of the fact that the far-right has begun to scrape for anyway into the mainstream political system and if we are not careful, they might just succeed.
EXAMINING KANYE’S PREJUDICE AND ANTI-SEMITISM
Kanye has consistently demonstrated a history of intense and unmitigated bigotry, some of which go back over a decade. As I noted in a previous article on Kanye’s anti-Semitism, the infamous rapper’s history of anti-Semitism goes back to 2013, where he claimed that Obama could not pass his agenda because he lacked Jewish ancestry and influence that other members of government and the political had.
“People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections … Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connections as oil people.”Kanye West on Barack Obama on New York hip-hop station Power 105.1.
This was not the only time that West would engage in such blatant prejudice against Jewish people. In an infamous post on Instagram, West released texts he had with fellow rapper P. Diddy, in which he accused Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people. Once his account was locked, Kanye then took to Twitter to post an infamous Tweet, threatening to go “deathcon 3 on Jewish people,” and claimed that “Black are actually Jew…”
Since then, things have only gotten worse. West preceded to double down in an interview with the Drink Champs, blaming the Jewish people for the paparazzi, and his relationship problems with Kim Kardashian. But even worse than that, he argued that Black people are the actual Jewish people, saying:
“When I say Jew, I mean the 12 lost tribes of Judah, the blood of Christ, who the people known as the race Black really are…This is who our people are. The blood of Christ. This, as a Christian, is my belief.”Kanye West on Jewishness and Black people in an interview with Tucker Carlson, October, 2022.
Despite intense pushback, West continued to push his prejudiced views in that same episode, claiming that he could:
“I can say anti-Semitic things, and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what? Now what?”Kanye West on Drink Champs, October 16th, 2022.
What all of this demonstrates is that much of Kanye West’s history and thinking is occupied by an intense hatred of Jewish people, and a complete disregard for historical accuracy as well as the humanity of Jewish people around the world, but that is not the only problem with West’s views.
A NAZI AND A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WALK INTO A BAR
In a normal world, this would be the furthest a person can go when it comes to anti-semitism and prejudice. In a normal world, Kanye would stop there, but we don’t live in a normal world and Kanye is not a normal person.
In recent video revealed by Benjamin Dixon and later confirmed by Kanye himself, the rapper turned presidential candidate, was shown walking with infamous Neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier, Nick Fuentes. The two are shown marching towards a flight in matching outfits.
The decision by West to associate with Nick Fuentes, in any capacity outside of scorn, is just another reminder that Kanye has not only no respect for Jewish people, but for himself. To put this into another context, Fuentes has referred to the black voters as the “n***** voters,” and has previously called for a return to white-centered Christianity.
Funetes has also argued that the GOP of being “run by Jews, atheists, and homosexuals.” Along with his general hatred and idiocy, Fuentes is also a notorious Holocaust denier, claiming that the death of six million Jews was impossible, using the metaphor of cooking six million cookies to conceal his intentions.
To say that Fuentes is a Nazi is a massive understatement and despite knowing full well what Fuentes is and what he believes, West decided to stand by him publicly. Hell, he even dressed like him on his flight. Nothing about West’s political expression should be treated with an iota of respect. Even as former president Trump hosts Fuentes and him at Mar-A-Lago, this campaign should be treated like the unacceptable act of prejudiced garbage that it is.
Kanye may not win the election, but if he tries to seriously run for office, and puts in serious effort to win, then he may succeed in spreading his anti-Jewish bile even further into the mainstream more than it already is.