Kanye West started another interview on Monday, but walked out 20 minutes later.
Before he left Timcast IRL, West volunteered to “get to the heart of this anti-Semitic allegation,” took shots at Donald Trump after dining together, and made vague but pervasive claims that entities are working to jail him, possibly for unpaid taxes. The 45-year-old was flanked by white nationalist Nick Fuentes, whose presence at the Mar-a-Lago face-to-face with Trump’s damage control team, and Milo Yiannopoulos, whose past is also fraught with hate speech. West said he was introduced to the latter by a producer for Alex Jones, the alt-right conspirator recently ordered to pay $1.44 billion in a defamation suit against the families of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims.
At 5:30 p.m. above, Ye brought up former Vice President Mike Pence, who said Trump was “wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, a seat at the table and I think he should stand for that.” to apologize.”
“Look at Pence,” West said. “He sold Trump. You know what I mean? I would never have wanted to do anything that would hurt Trump. I’m on Trump’s side. Trump said things that hurt me. He lied about me, but I mean he’s known for lying. And when people told me he’s a liar, it’s like you know I went to the trenches for Trump. There was no one else in my position wearing that hat.”
After dinner, Trump called Kanye “a man with serious problems” online. “I told him not to run, total waste of time, can’t win,” the twice-deposed ex-POTUS wrote. On Truth Social. (In a video summarizing the rally, West said Trump discredited Kim Kardashian and “basically started yelling at me across the table to tell me I was going to lose.”)
“I lost the money for free speech, and that makes me the only American we know who really deserves to run the country,” West said on the podcast. “Because everyone — your boy DeSantis, Trump, whoever they raise in a Petri dish on the Democrat side — is going to play the game.”
Continuing his campaign of disinformation and anti-Jewish sentiment, Kanye said at 7:50 p.m., “God is using me. He’s tearing me down, removing everything from the, you know, “richest person,” all this so I can serve him. And the more and more those things are taken away from me, the more I can be empty and be a vessel and be used. And right now it’s like… if we can’t, you’re not going to take my pain away, are you? Jewish people say, “It’s the Holocaust, this happened and you can’t say anything about it.” We cannot take away their pain. No one will denounce the fact that they tried to lock me up! Because every time I just keep going, and it’s like I thought I was Malcolm X, but I find out I’m more MLK. Because while I’m being hosed down by the press and financially every day, I’m just standing there. And when I found out they were trying to put me in jail, it was like a dog bit my arm, and I almost shed a tear. Almost. But I walked through it with great strides.”
Host Tim Pool responded, “I think they’ve been extremely unfair to you.”
Ye pushed back, “However, who are ‘they’? We can’t say who ‘she’ is, can we?”
After a few more lines were exchanged – including Fuentes starting with “It’s them, isn’t it?” – West walked out silently. He previously warned: “Coming in here, I feel like it’s a setup to defend. I’m not going through another one, like I’m literally going to walk the F on the show when I sit here and have to talk about, ‘You can’t say it was Jewish people who did it.’ If any sensible person knows that, I mean Jon Stewart knows what happened to me. And they went too far.”
In one of his numerous comments about potentially going to jail, West — who said he planned to “buy my own couch” for $50-75 million — told: “Someone at CohnReznick told me — and I’m already telling my finance people never use the term “a lot” – but they said ok you will have to pay a lot of taxes. And that made me feel like they were just waiting, like, ‘We finally got him, we can finally put him in jail.’ And I was like, ‘Can I still run for president in prison?’ I found out I could do it, so I thought okay, then it’s good. … I’m talking about literally finding out that they tried to put me in jail this morning. … They withheld $75 million from four of my accounts. They said [I owe] about $50 million. Now I go to different CFOs like, okay, would this be tax evasion? Because of course I am not the most financially savvy person in the world.”
Also on Monday, Senator Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor, “It is disgusting and dangerous for a former president to sit down and have dinner with a high-profile anti-Semite. Giving an anti-Semite even the tiniest stage, let alone an audience at a dinner party, is pure evil.”