AOC blasts Kanye for Anti-Semitic social media posts
The U.S. rep from New York took to Twitter on Sunday to call out the rapper for his own posts that have since been removed.
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the latest major public figure to call out Kanye West after the rapper posted an Anti-Semitic tweet on Sunday, Oct. 9.
West was locked out of his Twitter account later that day after he posted a tweet that threatened violence towards Jewish people before claiming that Black people couldn’t be Anti-Semitic.
“You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda,” reads the last part of the now-deleted post.
Twitter took down the tweet shortly after it went live for violating its rules and guidelines, and while West’s account is still live, he does not have access.
The lockout also comes just a day after West was blocked from posting on his Instagram account. There, on Friday, Oct. 7, the rapper posted a screenshot of a text conversation he had with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs where he threatened “war” against Jewish people. That post was also removed from his account.
In calling out West, Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet of her own where she asserted “there is absolutely no room in this country or world for antisemitism.”
“It is important to see how harmful [and] dangerous Kanye’s words are — not only to our Jewish brothers, sisters [and] siblings, but also our collective society at large,” she continued.
The response also came at the end of a week that saw West show up at Paris Fashion Week with a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt. It’s a slogan that first appeared in 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The backlash he received for that stunt saw him appear on Fox News for a wide-ranging, two-part interview with Tucker Carlson where he talked about his political aspirations, his anti-abortion stance and why he wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt.
“Because they do. It’s the obvious thing,” was West’s response to a question about the shirt.
In the words of AOC: “We must reject this wherever we see it.”