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Report: Tucker Carlson Edited Out the Most Troubling Parts of His Kanye Interview

Report: Tucker Carlson Edited Out the Most Troubling Parts of His Kanye Interview

Earlier this week, Vice News obtained unaired footage of Kanye West’s interview with Tucker Carlson that revealed the artist making bizarre, troubling and antisemitic statements about Jewish people, “fake children” in his home and visions of energy cities sent by God.

Such statements are deeply disturbing and further evidence of West’s lengthy downward spiral. If you’ve been paying attention to Kanye’s (who is going by Ye now) public career for the last few years, such quotes might be sad and despicable but not particularly surprising. The fact that Tucker Carlson’s team chose not to air these portions of the interview may not be surprising either, but it is deeply reprehensible.

When the two-part interview aired, Carlson focused on many of Ye and Fox News’ mutual enemies: The Clintons, the Kardashians and former President Obama. Carlson called Ye’s conversation “interesting, deep, provocative,” and encouraged Ye to his face, saying he was “getting bolder” and “worth listening to.” And for Fox News listeners, who heard Ye condemn things like abortion and COVID-era restrictions, that probably sounded fair.

But we now know that Carlson had also heard Ye spout off numerous antisemitic conspiracy theories — days before he was kicked off Twitter and Instagram for promising to go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE.” For example, Ye told Carlson that “I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah than Kwanzaa. At least it will come with some financial engineering” — nodding at the old anti-Jewish conspiracy about how Jewish people exert control over the financial system.

Ye also said, “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,” he continued. “The blood of Christ. This, as a Christian, is my belief.” Ye was likely referring to an old, unsupported claim frequently associated with antisemitic groups, that Black people are the “true” Jewish people.

In addition to the antisemitic claims, Carlson’s team also opted to edit out Ye’s strange claim about “fake children” living in his house, trying to “sexualize” his children. He said he believes an associate’s “so-called ‘son'” was an actor manipulating his kids.

As Vice notes, in the past, Ye has been open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. In 2019, he told David Letterman that his mental health struggle often manifests as being deeply suspicious of people around him. “When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone. This is my experience, other people have different experiences. Everyone now is an actor. Everything’s a conspiracy.”

Carlson also decided to edit out Ye’s discussion of visions he believes were sent to him by God of “free energy, kinetic, fully kinetic energy communities.”

“We’ve so rarely heard a man speak so honestly and so movingly about what he believes,” Carlson claimed at the time the show aired. At this point, a thoughtful viewer might ask just what on earth Carlson is talking about. But, of course, thoughtful viewers did not have the opportunity to evaluate everything Ye said, only the things Carlson and his team deemed useful for the story they wanted to tell.

You can watch all of Ye’s unedited clips here.

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