Ice Cube Working With Trump Campaign on “Platinum Plan”
Rapper Ice Cube is no stranger to controversy. As a member of N.W.A, Cube contributed to gangsta rap’s widespread popularity with the release of Straight Outta Compton in 1988. When he embarked on a solo career, his efforts consisted of mostly political rap. In 2016, Cube tweeted he would never vote for Donald Trump “EVER!”
Things have certainly changed in the last four years, as Ice Cube revealed Wednesday that he’s working with the Trump Campaign on a program specifically aimed to reach Black voters and convince them to vote for Trump. Twitter users first found out from a tweet from Trump senior advisor Katrina Pierson that the rapper would be working with them on something called The Platinum Plan, a $500 billion, four-year program offering Black Americans assistance with everything from jobs and housing to guaranteeing “safe urban neighborhoods” with “highest policing standards”.
Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading! ✊🏾
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2020
Ice Cube tweeted his own explanation soon after. “Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA”–which stands for Contract With Black America– “after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”
Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
Black Twitter was soon taking Cube to task for not only aligning with a known racist like Trump, but for his openly anti-Semitic beliefs as well.
How it started. How it's going.
Ice Cube, even capitalized EVER! pic.twitter.com/fTaxkSrv4p
— 👑 Black Professor 👑 (@WonderKing82) October 14, 2020
Serious question…conservatives were railing on Ice Cube just this summer about his history of anti-semitic statements and tweets. Rightly so, they were anti-semitic.
So he's ok now?
And don't mention Farrakhan…I've gone after him a ton. https://t.co/vvxvfoiQTd
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 14, 2020
Did Ice Cube ask Trump to apologize for leading a lynch mob against the Central Park?
Did he ask him to apologize for spreading a racist lie about Pres. Obama’s birth certificate?
Did he ask him to apologize to the Black people beat up by police that followed Trump’s guidance? https://t.co/dMCC0auZa9
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 14, 2020
My Hip-Hop HERO @icecube is working with the Darkside. I haven't felt this low since Kobe passed. HEARTBREAKING. Cube, I'm not sure you understand how much we value your voice. And when we see you "jumping the shark," it KILLS us. Especially in 2020. 😔
— Danny Morrison Media (@dannymoshow) October 14, 2020
Ice Cube released a video to social media on Sunday, October 11th, discussing the plan and thoughts on both political parties.
“I’ve been making contacts trying to talk about these real issues. Straight up, I believe the Democrats have — they’ve been nice,” he said. “They’ve been cordial, so to speak. I don’t really see them pushing their policies in any different direction. They’re still talking this minority, minority, people of color shit that don’t necessarily include us. That don’t necessarily include Black Americans, especially descendants of slaves.”
Cube also says, “No president has done right by us. So, I don’t trust none of them. Putting our hopes and dreams behind any of them just don’t work.”