Kanye West storms out of Tim Pool interview after mild pushback

The unholy trinity of Kanye “Ye” West, white nationalist Nick Fuentes and alt-right political commentator and self-described “ex-gay” Milo Yiannopoulos appeared together on the Timcast IRL Monday night podcast hosted by YouTuber Tim Pool.

From the start, the talk was clearly designed to break the internet, in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s tumultuous meeting with West and Fuentes, which resulted in a fiery clash of egos and led to widespread condemnation from all directions, as Fuentes an open white nationalist and Holocaust denier.

The three are not only controversial media personalities, but purveyors of bigotry; Fuentes, in particular, is one anti semite who does not disguise his hateful rhetoric in evasive language. Fuentes is also an ardent misogynist who thinks women should not have the right to vote, and claims to be a virgin; he once said that “having sex with women is gay”.

West has made several anti-Semitic statements on social media and during interviews, and allying with Fuentes seems to be doubling down.

Pool, a political commentator with a right-wing audience, tried to present himself as some kind of centrist willing to give the gruesome trio the benefit of the doubt.

But it wasn’t long before West, who is running for president in 2024, started spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric. Fortunately, blatant anti-Semitism proved to be the hard line Pool would not cross.

In an extended diatribe, West compared himself to Martin Luther King, stating:

“I thought I was more Malcolm X, but I found out I’m more MLK. While I’m being hosed every day by the press and financially, I’m just standing there.”

Pool seemed to agree with West, saying that “they’ve been extremely dishonest”. West responded by asking what Pool meant by “she” and speculated they couldn’t say it on camera. Pool then clarified that he was referring to the “corporate press,” which led to an anti-Semitic outburst from Fuentes, who placed an uneasy emphasis on the word “she.”

Fuentes was then interrupted by West, who seemed to notice at the time that Pool did not entertain their anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. As Pool tried to explain his own perspective, West got up and stormed out, followed by Fuentes and Yiannopoulos.

The trio did not return to the podcast. Pool and his team continued to talk long after West stormed out; Pool later described West’s antics as “waking up.”

Twitter soon lit up with gossip, as commentators discussed the pathetic spectacle.

It seems that most alt-right provocateurs and culture warriors have either become anti-Semites or are willing to engage anti-Semites in dialogue for the sake of attention.

But as West proved, good faith conversation with bigots isn’t just unwise—it’s impossible.

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