Jewish-American conservative political commentator, media host, columnist, and author Ben Shapiro took to social media to blast Kanye West’s recent antisemitic tirade.
Shapiro, a practicing orthodox Jew, wrote on Twitter earlier this week, “Two things can be true at once,” Shapiro wrote. “Kanye’s moves toward pro-life, faith and family conservatism are encouraging; his “death con 3” posts and Black Hebrew Israelite language are clearly anti-Semitic and disturbing.”
In a video Q & A session on Thursday, Shapiro was asked about Kanye’s recent comments. He replied: “I’ve made my thoughts pretty clear. What he said is antisemitic, there is no question about it, what he said is pure rote antisemitism, I don’t think it is possible to defend it.”
Shapiro also suggested that since Kanye suffers from bipolar, his comments are not equal to Ilhan Omar’s antisemitic comments, although he made it clear that West’s mental illness still does not excuse his comments. “The real answer is Kanye is a bipolar human being, and bipolar people tend to say ugly and bizarre things…there is a difference between someone cohesively saying what he said, and Kanye saying things in broken grammar…I am not going to treat this the same as Ilhan Omar saying openly antisemitic stuff as a US congresswoman.”