Kanye West on Thursday night turned on his former friend Jared Kushner – accusing Donald Trump’s son-in-law of being entitled, mercenary and amoral.
Two weeks after proclaiming his admiration for Kushner in an interview with ABC News, West told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he was not a fan of the 41-year-old former senior adviser to Trump, and his entrepreneur brother Josh, 37.
West – friends with the Kushners since 2010 – said he had dined with the brothers and Jared’s wife Ivanka Trump recently and was unimpressed.
‘After talking to them and really sitting with Jared and sitting with Josh and finding out other pieces of information, I was like, wow, these guys might have really been holding Trump back,’ said West.
‘And being very much a handler.’
Kanye West, who returned to Los Angeles after Paris Fashion Week, spoke to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday and said he was no longer an admirer of Jared Kushner
West and Kushner are seen in January this year leaving Miami restaurant Carbone after dinner together. The pair have been friends since 2010, Kushner said
Jared Kushner (left), now 41, and his younger brother Josh, 37, pictured in June 2011
West in August 2020 spent time with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in Telluride, and was reported by Forbes at the time to be speaking to the elder Kushner sibling ‘almost daily’.
Kushner confirmed that he and West would trade articles and books, and discuss ideas.
West told Forbes: ‘One time I talked to Jared Kushner, who was saying, ‘We don’t have black leaders—we just have hustlers.’ Why? Because they killed all the black leaders.’
West later asked Forbes to remove the quote, saying: ‘I love Jared. I was just . . . that’s my boy, you know? That’s really my boy. So I prefer to not drop his name.’
On Thursday, however, West was biting in his criticism, and said Kushner and his brother both looked down on him and the former president.
‘They love to look at me or look at Trump like we are so crazy and they are the businessmen,’ West told Carlson.
‘When I think about all of these things that Jared doesn’t get enough credit for with his work – his work in Israel, what is this, you know what he made peace treaties, you know the facts on this right here?’
Carlson attempted to summarize the Abraham Accords, telling the West: ‘Israel and some of the other Arab nations.’
West said, of the peace deal: ‘I think it was to make money.
‘I think that’s what they are about is making money, I don’t think they have the ability to make anything on their own.
‘I think they were born into money.’
The interview – which aired at 8pm on Fox News – came just two weeks after West told ABC News that he and Kushner were firm friends, and not just using each other for political benefit
Josh Kushner is pictured with his supermodel wife Karlie Kloss
West said he did not think Jared Kushner, one of Trump’s closest advisors in the White House, served him well.
‘It makes me feel like they weren’t serving my boy Trump the way we could have,’ said West.
‘Because Trump wanted nothing but the best for this country.’
He said Kushner was not being honest with Trump.
‘Moses stuttered. God isn’t always going to bring the most perfect personality.
‘A lot of times the most fake people, their job is talking and making people feel comfortable.
‘And the realist people are going to make you feel uncomfortable at first.’
West was also angered to learn that Josh Kushner, a venture capitalist, owned 10 percent of ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand, Skims – double what West owned.
‘These VCs come in and get a piece of it after the fact, and they run around and say they have ownership,’ said West.
West said that he was instrumental in founding the brand with his then-wife, and accused the Kushner brothers of damaging the brand.
‘It reaches another level when her business partners are selling pieces of the company they don’t have to, because the company is already a successful, internet-based company,’ said West.
‘They are really just selling off the company in order to create more relationships for themselves that are unneeded.’
He said he was angered by the marketing strategy, for which he blamed the Kushners.
‘I had a lot of issues with the imagery – I felt like there’s a lot of imagery that was openly sexualized and things I would not want to see my wife and definitely not my daughters doing in the future in order to sell a product,’ said West.
‘It reaches another level when it’s like this is what my wife is doing, this is what they are doing – this is what she is doing for our children.’
Kanye West, 45, could be seen grinning ear to ear at something on his phone as he touched down in Los Angeles on Thursday
West looked comfortable in a nondescript black hoodie, though he kept the hood down in favor of a black baseball cap reading 2023 on the bill, presumably in honor of Yeezy’s Spring 2023 show
West spoke to Carlson amid the ongoing controversy over his ‘White Lives Matter’ fashion show concept, which sparked widespread controversy at Paris Fashion Week.
The catwalk presentation was staged on Monday, and West told Carlson it was based on a ‘feeling’ and ‘gut instinct.’
The rapper compared the stunt to Tonya Harding instinctively landing the first triple axel jump at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
‘I do certain things from a feeling, I just channel the energy it feels right,’ said West.
‘Hits using a gut instinct, connection with god and just brilliance. They asked Tonya Harding how she did the triple flip and she was in so much practice that when it was time for her to skate in a competitive format it just happened. It happened outside of practice that happened in the real format.
‘That’s what’s happening. God is preparing us for the real battles. We are in a battle with the media.’
West, who arrived at the Los Angeles studio sporting a lanyard he had designed with a photo of a baby’s ultrasound, also opened up about why he’s pro-life.
‘It just represents life. I’m pro-life,’ said West, when asked about his design.
Carlson told him: ‘you wear it like a badge.’
‘I don’t care about people’s responses but I care about the fact that there are more black babies being aborted than born in New York City at this point,’ West said.
‘That 50 per cent of black death in America is abortion. I really don’t care about people’s response to that. I perform for an audience of one and that is God. ‘
‘They do’: Kanye West doubled down on his ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan on Wednesday and explained that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it’s because ‘They do’
Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday
West stood by the ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan he wore on a T-shirt at his surprise Yeezy fashion show – even though his spokesman, Jason Lee, quit in protest.
Lee wrote on Instagram that West was ‘gaslighting black people and empowering white supremacy.’
The Donda rapper, 45, posted a photo of the long-sleeved black shirt to his Instagram on Wednesday with the caption: ‘Here’s my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO.’
Meanwhile, one of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband at the moment is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who called the musician a ‘free thinker’ and says his message was ‘misconstrued.’
Diddy, 52, said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker,’ in an interview on The Breakfast Club on Wednesday.
‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added.
When host Charlamagne, 44, interjected to say, ‘You gotta stop making excuses for him,’ the mogul replied: ‘No, no, I’m not making excuses, I’m just sayin’ if he did it, that’s the way he thinks.’