Jim Jordan makes a false claim about deleted ‘Kanye’. Elon. Trump’s tweet during a House committee hearing

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan appeared to deny that a now-deleted Twitter post praising Elon Musk, Kanye West and Donald Trump came from an account linked to him.

An account for House Judiciary Committee Republicans, of which Mr. Jordan is a leading member, posted “Kanye. Elon. Trump.” on October 6. The post was deleted about two months later, after the virulently anti-Semitic rapper praised Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

The account, which regularly posts provocative messages amplifying GOP talking points and inciting liberals with inflammatory statements, also names Mr. Jordan in its biography and banner image.

But during an ethics committee hearing before the US Supreme Court, Mr Jordan falsely claimed the now-deleted tweet “wasn’t our account”.

California Congressman Eric Swalwell asked if Mr Jordan would “speak out” former President Donald Trump’s apparent call for an end to the US Constitution as well as West’s anti-Semitism.

“Does he support Kanye and his hatred of Jews and his love for Hitler?” asked Mr. Swalwell.

Mr Jordan hit back, saying “President Trump has clarified his comments regarding the Constitution”.

Defending Mr. Trump against allegations of anti-Semitism, he confused anti-Semitism with foreign policy.

“There’s no way this guy is anti-Semitic,” he said of Mr. Trump. “This guy was the most pro-Israel president in history. He handed over the embassy to Jerusalem. Abraham Accords – the most pro-Israel we’ve ever had. Did more on foreign policy in the Middle East than any president we’ve ever had.

Mr Swallwell then asked: ‘Do you denounce your tweet praising Kanye West?’

“This tweet was not our account, and this tweet has been deleted,” he said.

In August, Mr. Swalwell had accused a Republican communications aide on the Judiciary Committee of fueling death threats against his office by amplifying baseless claims that Mr. Swalwell had had an affair with a suspected Chinese spy.

The “Kanye. Élon. Trump.” tweet was written after West appeared on Fox News during an interview with personality Tucker Carlson.

But it remained untouched for weeks, even after West vowed to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE”, after unaired footage from that same interview included bigoted remarks about Jews, and after the former president invited West – accompanied by white nationalist Nick Fuentes – to a dinner party at Mar-a-Lago.

The post was deleted after West appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars show, which aired the cascade of anti-Semitic statements and praise of Nazism.

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