Former Trump adviser on Kanye West’s anti-Semitic comments: ‘It’s unacceptable’

Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, is buying conservative social media company Parler, a move following Instagram and Twitter’s decisions to suspend the rapper’s accounts over a series of widely condemned anti-Semitic posts.

In an interview during Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday, former Trump adviser Gary Cohn described Ye’s latest offensive posts as “just unacceptable.”

“I’ll say the same thing about Kanye West’s remarks that I said to the president of the United States then,” Cohn said, referring to his reaction to then-President Trump blaming ‘both sides’ for violence at a white nationalist rally. in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It’s unacceptable in this day and age, in the world we live in, for people in a leadership position with such a big platform, with such a big microphone, to make those kinds of comments.”

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 2: Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld attend the Givenchy Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld attend the Givenchy Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

West appeared to justify his purchase of Parler as a move to defend free speech, saying in a statement that: “In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we need to ensure that we have the right to express ourselves freely.”

Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer wrote: “This deal will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is making a groundbreaking move into free speech media and will never have to fear being removed from social media again.”

Last week, Twitter ( TWTR ) and Meta ( META ) removed posts from Kanye West for violating the company’s policies. In a post that was removed by Instagram, Ye suggested that rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was controlled by Jews.

Hours later, Ye wrote in a tweet that was quickly removed by Twitter that he would be going to “deathmatch 3 on JEWS.”

Seana Smith is an anchor on Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @SeanaNSmith.

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