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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”.

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.”

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.

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.”

 

 



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