Rapper Kanye West said during an interview this week that he had no idea how close his former wife, Kim Kardashian, was to the Clinton family and that he believes they tried to manipulate him through her.
West made the remarks during a wide ranging interview Thursday night with Fox News host Tucker Carlson after arriving back in the U.S. from France where he attended the Paris Fashion Week.
Carlson said that Kardashian was “part of” the attempt to get West to not like former President Donald Trump dating back to when Trump decided to run for office.
“It was wild that I didn’t know how close my own wife was to the Clintons,” West said. “I didn’t know. You know, I didn’t realize it at the time.”
When asked how close Kardashian was to the Clintons, West responded, “I mean, cell phone away, like, or ‘hey, tell Ye to say this way, or, hey, go out and use your platform to push the vaccination away’ — I mean, not away but, like, take the away part — but, you know…”
When asked if he felt like he had been manipulated through his wife, West responded that it was an “attempt at manipulation.”
TUCKER CARLSON: The first indication that West might become a massive problem for the industrial deception complex came in 2015 and 2016, when Donald Trump appeared, and West had a very strong gut reaction to Trump that was very positive. And the people around him were panicked by this.
The last thing you could have is one of the most popular pop culture figures in America coming out for Donald Trump. So, they applied intense pressure to get him back on the script. And, apparently, his wife was part of that, his former wife, Kim Kardashian, who West now learns had a very close relationship with the Clintons and people around the Clintons. He had no idea.
His relationship with Trump, on the other hand, flourished. And he got a window into the people around Trump.
And, in this clip, you will hear him assess what happened inside the White House. Very interesting. Watch.
WEST: It was interesting.
A friend of mine told me that Kris and Kim had called him because he had influence inside of the black community and had called him to say — well, to get him to influence people to take the vaccination.
And I don’t have an opinion on that. I just want to state that as a flat statement. But it was — it was wild that I didn’t know how close my own wife was to the Clintons. I didn’t know. You know, I didn’t realize it at the time.
CARLSON: You were married to her.
WEST: And while I was married to her.
CARLSON: How close was she to the Clintons?
WEST: I mean, cell phone away, like, or hey, tell Ye to say this way, or, hey, go out and use your platform to push the vaccination away — I mean, not away but, like, take the away part — but, you know…
CARLSON: Do you feel like…
CARLSON: … at times you were manipulated by political forces through your wife?
WEST: Attempt at manipulation. But, yes, there was some manipulation. Me not saying I like Trump…
WEST: … was a form of a manipulation.
CARLSON: For sure.