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Rapper 50 Cent endorsed Donald Trump for president on Monday. The sudden endorsement came after 50 saw a report on candidate Biden’s tax plan.
Under Biden’s proposed tax plan, 50 Cent, who lives in New York City, would be subject to a 62% tax rate increase. Upon seeing the financial chart of Biden’s policy, the rapper took to social media to raise the alarm.
“WHAT THE F***! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT,” Fif wrote in a post. “F*** NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f***ing mind.”
50 Cent’s endorsement has drawn parallels to fellow rapper Ice Cube who has been on the receiving end of an intense backlash over his collaboration with Trump on his administration’s “Platinum Plan” which includes policies suggested by Ice Cube in his proposed Contract With Black America.
Ice Cube clarified that he had shared his plan with both Trump and Biden’s campaigns, and while both gave positive feedback, only Trump’s reached out to collaborate with Ice Cube on creating and implementing new policies.
The rapper also criticized the idea of making issues in the Black community a one-sided wedge issue, as he said “Black progress is a bipartisan issue.”
Of course, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters has been rapper Kanye West – who toned down his praise for Trump when he started his own presidential campaign. West’s support seems to have opened up many minds in a voting bloc that traditionally leans towards Democrats.
That trend started in 2016 when Trump received more votes from Black Americans than any Republican president in modern history. President Trump has also consistently received the highest approval among Black Americans of any Republican president.