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Tucker Carlson applauded Kanye West’s ‘bold’ beliefs — but he edited out a lot of antisemitism

Over the weekend, the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, posted several antisemitic statements to Twitter and Instagram, alleging that the rapper Diddy is being controlled by Jews. He then threatened to go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE.”

Right before that, however, Ye had made himself the darling of right-wing politicians by wearing a shirt that read “White Lives Matter” at Paris Fashion Week. This also scored him an interview on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” during which he endorsed various right-wing positions and criticized purportedly woke beliefs. In sections that were edited out of the interview and obtained Tuesday by Motherboard, however, Ye also made antisemitic comments, invoking numerous overlapping conspiracy theories against Jews.

In one hard-to-follow statement, Ye explained his pro-life stance with a statement against Planned Parenthood, which he accused of teaming up with the Ku Klux Klan to “control the Jew population.” This may sound friendly to Jews, but Ye went on to explain that, to him, “Jew” meant “the 12 lost tribes of Judah, the blood of Christ, who the people known as the race Black really are.”

In another aside, Ye complained that his children’s school “teaches Black kids a complicated Kwanzaa” instead of Christmas, which he pronounced as “Christ-mass.” He then added: “I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah instead of Kwanzaa. At least it would come with some financial engineering.” He then laughed briefly.

The rapper also made a confusing reference to Jews’ bad dancing. While the least overtly antisemitic of his Jewish references, this is the only statement about Jews that Ye seemed concerned about. “People are going to get mad at that sh-t,” he said, and asked Carlson to edit the comment out of the finished segment.

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