Rapper Lil’ Wayne praised President Donald Trump on Thursday in a tweet, reiterating what other hip hop artists and black community leaders have said about the president’s willingness to meet with them to discuss criminal justice reform – and, of course, sparking backlash among leftists who think blacks “ain’t black” if they like Trump.
Lil’ Wayne, whose actual name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., tweeted a photo of him standing alongside the president, saying the two had met Thursday to discuss the “Platinum Plan,” the Trump administration’s latest initiative to help improve black communities through new opportunities and business partnerships.
"Besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership," he continued, referencing the president's 2018 First Step Act - a plan once credited by CNN's left-leaning Van Jones as being a greater step toward true reform than anything that happened under former President Barack Obama - along with the recent "Promise to Black America."
"He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done," Lil' Wayne said.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
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. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
Lil’ Wayne isn’t the first rapper to heap praise on Trump for reaching out to the black community. Artists from Kanye West to Ice Cube to 50 Cent have praised the president for being willing to reach across the aisle and talk about criminal justice reform and issues that matter to minorities.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube recently caught flak on social media for saying he’d met with Trump to discuss the administration’s Platinum Plan, saying that while both Trump and Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden had expressed interest in discussing the rapper’s ideas on how to better black communities, only Trump was wiling to meet and discuss the issue before the election.
Shortly afterwards, rapper 50 Cent found himself under fire for saying he supported Trump over Biden because he’d read Biden’s plan to raise taxes.