I can’t quite believe I’m writing that one of the biggest American music and social media stars has publicly embraced Adolf Hitler. That would be Ye, previously known as Kanye West. He’s currently suspended from Twitter for posting a disturbing swastika image, the capper to a long day of pro-Nazi rants. Shelby Talcott has the latest.
The night before last, I met former Senator and Republican Jewish Coalition Chairman Norm Coleman, who has strongly condemned Ye, at the National Day party of the United Arab Emirates. Norm joked that there were more Jews there than Arabs, and that that was a testament to emotional and psychological growth on both sides. Even Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog was at the UAE gathering. The progress in tamping down hate in some parts of the world needs to be noted alongside the uptick in hate that Ye and Trump dinner guest Nick Fuentes are stirring.
Meanwhile, the crypto backlash is spreading on Capitol Hill, Joseph Zeballos-Roig reports. And Jordan Weissmann found just the right person to ask about it — actor and longtime anti-crypto activist Ben McKenzie.
PLUS: A sitdown with Sen. Michal Bennet, D-Colo. who is trying to revive the expanded Child Tax Credit and has a theory about why it failed to catch on the first time.