Barack Obama says black men voted for Donald Trump because he’s a ‘stereotypical macho’ figure and warns Democrats they can’t ‘assume’ they always have the black vote
- Barack Obama said young, black men voters may support President Donald Trump because he is the ‘stereotypical macho’ man figure
- ‘Well, look, I think men generally are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of a stereotypical macho style,’ the former president said
- In a virtual interview with Snapchat’s ‘Good Luck America’, Obama also warned Democrats they can’t assume they always have the black vote locked down
- Obama pointed to hip hop culture glorifying wealth and getting with women, and then seeing a president espouse those same ideas
- Rappers like Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Ice Cube endorsed Trump or his policies ahead of the election
- Kanye West also repeated voiced his support for Trump during his presidency and has met with the president and been pictured wearing a MAGA hat
‘Well, look, I think men generally are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of a stereotypical macho style. I don’t think Black men are immune to that any more than white or Hispanic men are,’ the former president told Snapchat‘s ‘Good Luck America’ in part two of the three-part interview.
Obama also warned Democrats not to take the black vote, or any group, for granted and assume they always have certain demographics’ vote assured.
‘We can’t generalize and just assume, well, we got Black folks in our pockets or we’ve got Hispanics locked up,’ Obama said. ‘And for that matter, we shouldn’t assume that we can’t win white men.’
He added: ‘The one thing that the presidency taught me is the country’s complicated. The media simplifies it.’
Former President Barack Obama said in an interview with Snapchat’s ‘Good Luck America’ host Peter Hamby (bottom) that young, black men voters may support President Donald Trump because he is the ‘stereotypical macho’ man figure
In the virtual interview, Obama warned Democrats they can’t assume they always have the black vote locked down
The Snapchat show’s host Peter Hamby asked Obama why he feels Trump was able to gain a larger margin of support among young black men than he did in 2016 – pointing to some rappers who came out in favor of the president.
‘If there are some in the hip-hop community who are constantly rapping about bling and depicting women in a certain way,’ Obama said, ‘and then they hear Donald Trump basically delivering the same version of it, they might say, ‘Yeah, that guy, that’s what I want. That’s what I want to be.’ All of which is to say the Black community, like every community, is complicated.’
Rappers Lil Wayne, Ice Cube and 50 Cent all endorsed Trump or some of his policies ahead of the election.
Just five days before the election Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., posted a picture of him and Trump together on Twitter with the caption: ‘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.’
Although 50 Cent tweeted in response, ‘I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE’, he did come out in support of the president after Joe Biden put out his tax plan.
The former vice president’s plan could result in some of the highest U.S. earners paying as much as 62 per cent in taxes.
‘(VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT,’ 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, wrote on social media. ‘I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f***ing mind.’
Rapper Lil Wayne endorsed the president less than a week before Election Day
The president has also met a few times with Rapper Kanye West, pictured here on October 11, 2018 in the Oval Office
Kanye West was supportive of Trump throughout his presidency, until recently when he became more critical as he launched his own failed bid for the White House.
The rapper has been pictured several times in ‘Make America Great Again’ apparel and has met with the president on a few occasions – even in an Oval Office meeting in 2018.
In 2016, Trump earned only 8 per cent of the black vote, and it appears he did marginally better, at least among black men voters, this year.
It looks like Biden is on track to have earned around 80 per cent of the black vote.
‘When you actually get on the ground and you talk to people… or you go into a Black neighborhood and you sit in the barbershop and you’ll find out that a bunch of folks who are churchgoing folks got some pretty conservative views about a lot of things,’ Obama said. ‘And that’s all for the good.’