Following a “great meeting,” Lil Wayne has backed Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Lil Wayne made the endorsement just hours ago, in a tweet accompanied by a photograph of him and the president. “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus. Besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the Platinum Plan is going to give the community real ownership,” wrote the 38-year-old rapper. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”
The 45th president and the “Lollipop” artist met this afternoon, at the Trump National Doral Miami. At the time of this writing, Lil Wayne’s post – which Trump retweeted, amplifying its reach across Twitter – had garnered in excess of 46,000 replies, over 200,000 retweets, and more than 300,000 likes. And with just five days remaining until Election Day, a multitude of supporters and critics of the president are continuing to weigh in on the matter.
Ice Cube made headlines earlier this month after it came to light that he collaborated on the Platinum Plan that Lil Wayne referenced in his message. Responding to the controversy, Cube emphasized that he’d reached out to both the Biden and Trump camps to discuss his Contract With Black America, aside from reiterating that he hasn’t endorsed either candidate.
Although two weeks have passed since word of Ice Cube’s Platinum Plan work initially began circulating, the matter is still provoking discussion – and arguments. Ice Cube fired back at Louisiana Representative (and Biden campaign co-chair) Cedric Richmond for questioning his account of the talks, encouraging him to “please release the Zoom meeting.” (That Richmond also deemed Ice Cube’s Contract With Black America “an outline of things that should be done” likely added fuel to the fire.)
Two other rappers – one a legend of the genre, another a popular young talent – also made a splash with their recent Trump endorsements, particularly because both cited the Biden campaign’s proposed tax plan as their reason for supporting the incumbent this election. Beginning with the latter, 20-year-old Lil Pump shared a photograph of him and the president with his more than 17 million Instagram followers, in addition to criticizing the Democratic nominee in an Instagram Live video.
50 Cent, for his part, took aim at the Biden tax plan and backed Trump before recanting the endorsement following public criticism from Chelsea Handler. Making clear that he’s reversed his position, 50 Cent responded to the photo of Lil Wayne and President Trump by writing: “I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE.”