Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee deleted their Oct. 6 tweet, which appeared to support Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, after months of controversy over the rapper’s anti-Semitic remarks.
“Kanye. Elon. Trump,” read the tweet, which caught the rapper alongside Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter who brought back once-banned right-wing figures, and former President Donald Trump.
The tweet was deleted Thursday when Ye launched a lengthy anti-Semitic tirade moderated by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, known for spreading untruths about events like the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, during an appearance on the InfoWars show.
“I love Jews, but I also love Nazis,” Ye said on Thursday’s show. He also repeatedly expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the deleted tweet. The GOP, currently in the minority, gained control of the chamber in the midterms of November.
Ye attracted increasing attention from some conservatives in early October after he staged a show wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt at Paris Fashion Week.
The day after the House Judiciary Committee Republicans tweeted, Ye made a since-deleted post on Instagram saying he was giving “death scam 3” to Jewish people.
The tweet lingered then and ever since, with Ye repeating his anti-Semitic remarks in other interviews. During this period, Ye also lost lucrative deals with companies like Gap and Adidas.
On November 22, Trump agreed to have dinner with Ye at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. What was to be a quiet dinner between the two men exploded into a PR nightmare for Trump, who recently announced his 2024 presidential bid, when Ye brought in white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
Trump has stated that he did not know Fuentes or his views when meeting with him, but he did not apologize for meeting him or Ye.
In a statement Thursday, leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition called Yes’s InfoWars performance “a terrible cesspool of dangerous, bigoted Jew-hatred.”
“Conservatives who have mistakenly caved in to Kanye West need to make it clear that he is a pariah,” the organization’s national chair, former Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and CEO Matt Brooks said in a statement. “Enough is enough.”
Sahil Kapur contributed.