DIFFERENT CITIES – JUNE 28: This screengrab is where Lil Wayne appears during the 2020 BET Awards. The 20th annual BET Awards, which aired on June 28, 2020, were held practically due to restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by BET Awards 2020 / Getty Images via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump continues to find a surprising number of allies in the hip-hop elite.
Cash Money superstar Lil Wayne apparently backed Trump in a tweet that quickly blew up Thursday showing a thumbs-up picture next to the president as he welcomed Trump's work on criminal reform.
"I just had a great meeting with (Trump)," New Orleans born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. wrote on Twitter. "Aside from what he's done so far with criminal reforms, the platinum plan will give the community real property." He listened to what we had to say today and assured us that he will and can do it. "
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus, aside from what he's been doing with criminal reforms so far, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured that he will and can do it. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
– Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
"Weezy" was the second high-profile rapper to partner with Trump this month on "The Platinum Plan," also known as "Promise to Black America," a promise to increase prosperity in black communities. On Oct. 13, Trump's senior advisor Katrina Pierson tweeted that Ice Cube had worked with the administration on developing the plan. The former NWA rapper later defended his work with Trump, saying he was "trying to make a deal with whoever is in power".
50 Cent also made headlines for an Instagram post this month encouraging fans to vote for Trump in next week's elections after questioning the prospect of higher taxes under Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Rapper Get Rich or Die Tryin later resigned after facing heavy criticism from ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler, tweeting, "F ** k Donald Trump, I never liked him."
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And then of course there is Kanye West, who met with then-elected President Trump in December 2016 and quickly became a supporter of the voice. He often wore a red Make America Great Again hat during the early years of Trump's tenure. However, it is unknown whether West's 2020 presidential campaign signaled a rift or whether the rapper's campaign – reportedly backed by Republican activists – was a strategic maneuver to position Kanye as a "spoiler candidate" to get votes from Subtract Biden.
Each of these hip-hop stars have recognized their attachment to Trump, who has a long history of racism and yet claims that he has "done more for the African American community than any other president except Abraham Lincoln. "
Wayne's tweet has been received similarly hot by fans on social media as many continue to comment on the evolving trend of wealthy rappers joining Trump, and President's supporters applaud "A Milli" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" on board.
What have I … what have I … what have I done to deserve this?
– Fire him (@questlove) October 29, 2020
Lil Wayne followed in Kanye's and 50 Cent's footsteps and was currently supporting President Trump.
Rappers are Republicans now.
What a time to be alive.pic.twitter.com/8vAyBBMQ37
– Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) October 29, 2020
Many rappers are essentially conservative: wealthy and / or high-tax, misogynist, homophobic, etc. Is it a surprise when they start snuggling up to or rallying behind people like Trump?
– Ivie Ani (@ivieani) October 29, 2020
"He assured me we will make it"
My god how stupid are you
– Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) October 29, 2020
They took Weezy.
They even have Weezy.
Damn. Just … damn it.
– Wajahat "wears a mask because of a pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) October 29, 2020
50 cents weighed in shortly after Wayne's approval and said to his rapper, "I would never have taken this picture."
Wayne is no stranger to setback.
He had previously condemned fans in 2016 when he said of the Black Lives Matter movement, "I don't feel connected to a damn thing that has nothing to do with me."
The rapper had said it before Fox Sports that there is “no racism” because his concerts are attended by many white fans.
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