Veteran rapper and actor Ice Cube is still trying to justify his earlier decision to work with Donald Trump’s campaign team after claiming he got the current US president to commit some capital funds to the Black community. But social media is still not having it.
In October, Face2Face Africa reported the 51-year-old got people on social media – including his fans – disappointed after the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign adviser, Katrina Pierson, revealed the California native was helping them develop their Platinum Plan.
The US president unveiled the Black Economic Empowerment “Platinum Plan” during a campaign event in Atlanta on September 25. The Plan includes prosecuting the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, making lynching a national hate crime, and establishing Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of U.S. slavery, as a federal holiday.
The Plan will also invest $500 billion in Black communities, create jobs, increase access to capital in Black communities, lower the cost of healthcare, support Black-owned businesses, among others.
Sharing the news on her Twitter account on October 13, Pierson gave the former NWA member a “shout out” for his “willingness to step up and work” with the Trump administration to “help develop” the plan, adding that “leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate.” She then went ahead to thank the 51-year-old for “leading.”
Following the backlash on social media on his openness to working with the campaign team, Ice Cube, who has openly criticized Trump in the past, attempted to justify his decision, citing his Contract With Black America (CWBA) initiative and the Trump administration’s willingness to modify their plan.
“Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election,” he tweeted in response. “Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”
Though all eyes are currently on the presidential election as it’s still undecided, the rapper “took a break” from the current happenings in the country on Thursday to double down on his decision to work with Trump, claiming he has been cast in a bad light despite trying to help the Black community.
“Let me get this straight,” he tweeted. “I get the president of the United States to agree to put over half a trillion dollars of capital in the Black Community (without an endorsement) and N***as are mad at me?”
“Have a nice life,” he added.
The rapper, however, received no sympathy from social media following his claim, and another barrage of criticism ensued. Take a look at the reactions below: