Kanye West plans to run for president in 2024 and will apparently enlist the help of a right-wing agitator who has himself been accused of anti-Semitism.
West apparently revealed his presidential ambitions in a video posted to YouTube over the weekend. In it, the rapper walks alongside the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
“Here’s Milo working on the campaign,” West said clip.
“Is that an advertisement?” Yiannopoulos replied.
“I guess so,” replied West.
“Thanks, I accept,” laughs Yiannopoulos.
The news comes as West returned to Twitter after being banned from his account for making anti-Semitic statements.
Last month, he promised in a tweet that he would go “3 d*aths to JEWS” and his name has been used by those involved in anti-Semitic incidents in recent days.
Yiannopoulos has also faced allegations of anti-Semitism, which helped put him on the watch list of groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The SPLC blasted Yiannopoulos in a 2018 blog post, explaining that the former Breitbart editor often seemed to sympathize with racist and prejudiced thinking.
In June this year, he trolled a Jewish journalist by transferring $14.88 to her PayPal account, a number used to signal racist ideology.
This amount, $14.88, is loaded with anti-Semitic symbolism, the SPLC explained in its post. Fourteen stands for the racist “14 Words” mantra about securing the “white children’s future” and 88 stands for “Heil Hitler” because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
According to the SPLC, the numbers 1488 are widely accepted by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
After Yiannopoulos’ dog whistled, Venmo and PayPal blocked the far-right troll, Poultice reported at this time.
Yiannopoulos has also attracted controversy for targeting transgender people, with Twitter banning him in 2016 for harassment Ghostbusters actor Lesley Jones. The following year, he lost his book contract over comments that apparently condoned child abuse.
“We hang up on these child abuse issues, to the point where we even keep an eye on relationships between consenting adults,” he once said in an online interview.
Yiannopoulos’ mother is Jewish, but according to Forward, he was raised Catholic. Despite this, in one interview in 2016, he appeared to be fodder for anti-Semitic trolls, discussing the surge of online hate speech.
“Most of the Trump generation, right-wingers, people who like me, are not anti-Semites. They don’t care about Jews,” he told Forward.
He continued: “They may have some prejudice against Jews. Just like the Jews run everything. Well, we do. Jews run all the banks. Well, we do. Jews run the media. all these things.”
Yiannopoulos announced in the summer that he had started working as an unpaid intern for Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
Newsweek contacted West and Yiannopoulos for comment.
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