Lil Wayne is the most recent rapper to announce his support of President Trump, following in the footsteps of Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Lil Pump, and Waka Flocka, who have all expressed support for the president to some extent or another. Many of them cited Biden’s tax proposals, which would heavily tax those who make over $400,000 a year. 50 Cent, in reference to Biden’s tax rates, initially tweeted, “Yeah, I don’t want to be 20cent. 62% is a very, very, bad idea. I don’t like it!”
“Just had a great meeting with (President Donald Trump) besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”Lil Wayne, Grammy award-winning rapper
The announcements caused intense internet backlash against each of the rappers.
The Right believes Democrats “have been taking Black voters for granted for decades” and that “the policies that Trump has put forth during his first term have unquestionably helped African Americans.” In response to Lil Wayne’s Twitter post, conservative political commentator Anthony B. Logan wrote, “Shoutout to Lil Wayne for endorsing Donald Trump…$500 billion investment into the black community should not be ignored, and I’m glad more of us are waking up to that fact!” Turning Point USA contributor Graham Allen wrote, “Want to know why more and more celebrities like @lilpump are supporting @realdonaldtrump??? Joe Biden wants to take their money! Under a Biden administration taxes will skyrocket!” A senior adviser for the Trump Administration, Katrina Pierson, tweeted “Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!” in response to Ice Cube’s willingness to work with Trump.
“I love this! Black people are finally waking up! Democrats need 94% of the black vote to win elections & yet they have used & abused blacks for 50 years. All they did was teach Black people to be victims so that they could never be or feel empowered to live the American Dream!”Melissa Tate, Conservative Political Activist in a Twitter reply to Lil Wayne
Conservatives: mumble rap isn’t even real music grow up— Donavan (Crypt Daddy♿🎃) (@RealYungCripp) October 26, 2020
Lil Pump: yo imma be voting trump
The Left balks at the endorsements. Journalist Ivie Ani tweeted, “A lot of rappers are essentially conservatives: wealthy and/or opposed to high taxes, misogynistic, homophobic, etc. Is it a surprise when they begin cozying up to or rallying behind people like Trump?” New York Times writer Wajahat Ali lamented, “They took Weezy. They even got Weezy. Damn. Just…damn,” referring to Lil Wayne by his common nickname. Sam Fulwood III, a senior fellow at the progressive Center for American Progress, argued that the rappers “represent neither widespread Black political thought, nor a hidden pocket of pro-Trump activism among Black men” and are unlikely to affect many black voters.
“The unfortunate reality is that Ice Cube is just getting used – just like the Trump administration has used so many Black men before him as props to further the illusion of supporting Black people while implementing policies that do the opposite.”Erika Smith, columnist for the Los Angeles Times
Smith added that the endorsements were “insulting” to the Democratic black women who have been involved in politics for years.