Rappers endorse Donald Trump on social media
December 11, 2020
When the presidential election drew near, many popular celebrities voiced their support for candidates on either side. As of recent, various old-school rappers shockingly endorsed Donald Trump while a younger generation remained behind Joe Biden, although, this trend can be explained.
In the two weeks before the election, Trump was endorsed by 50 Cent, Ice Cube, and Lil Wayne.
50 Cent had been on the Biden train up until Oct. 19 when he discovered that the Biden tax plan would raise taxes for those that make at least $400,000 a year. He posted on Instagram, expressing his concern, and claiming that he would go from “50 Cent to 20 Cent.”
50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend, Chelsea Handler, appeared on The Late Show with Jimmy Falon where she called out 50 for his exploitation of his influence on people for his selfish views. He then posted a tweet redacting his previous support for Trump, claiming, “I never liked him. For all I know he had my friend Angel Fernandez killed…”
Another rapper to endorse Donald Trump was Lil Wayne. He recently met with Trump to go over his “Platinum Plan,” a financial empowerment campaign for black Americans.
This was met with a great deal of controversy and criticism from fans and spectators alike. Lil Wayne has not since condemned Trump for his racist comments and actions in the past and continues to support his presidency.
Ice Cube met with the Trump campaign to discuss his “Contract with Black America,” a plan that addresses racial inequality in the United States and how to overcome it. Ice Cube took extreme heat from his collaboration with the Trump campaign, although he did not explicitly endorse him.
Ice Cube later clarified his actions and intentions, claiming, “I didn’t run to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America. One campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And one campaign said, ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t run to nobody.”
Ice cube took a bipartisan approach, not choosing any side of the political spectrum to carry out his plan for black Americans, which turned the criticism into praise.
Lil Pump made headlines as well when he endorsed Trump on his Instagram livestream. The Trump campaign noticed this and invited him to come on stage at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trump then mispronounced his name, referring to him as “Little Pimp.”
Rappers continue to invalidate politics, using social media as their platform for opinions on the 2020 presidential election.