Ice Cube has complained that people are ‘mad’ at him for working with Donald Trump, despite claiming he got the president to commit to investing $500 billion into black communities without endorsing him.
The 51-year-old rapper revealed last month that he spoke with both Republicans and Democrats on his Black Economic Empowerment Plan, but faced a swell of public backlash when it was revealed he decided to work with the Trump administration.
‘Let me get this straight,’ Cube tweeted Thursday morning. ‘I get the president of the United State to put over half a trillion dollars of capital in the Black Community (without an endorsement) and N****s are mad at me?
‘Have a nice life,’ he continued, adding three crying with laughter emojis at the end of his post.
The 51-year-old rapper revealed last month that he spoke with both Republicans and Democrats on his Black Economic Empowerment ‘Platinum Plan’, but faced a swell of public backlash when it was revealed he decided to work with the Trump administration
Just under an hour earlier, Ice Cube had posted a meme to Twitter captioned ‘Elections Nowadays’, which showed a herd of sheep filling out ballots for two candidates, a wolf and a lion.
When quizzed by one observer who ‘did you endorse the Wolf or the Lion’, Cube replied: ‘Neither one…I’ve always endorsed the sheeple.’
Late last month, the NWA rapper said the Biden campaign wanted to work with him on the ‘Platinum Plan’ after the election and the Trump campaign showed more immediate interest. The artist said he sat down with Trump advisor Jared Kushner for three hours about the proposal.
By mid-September the initiative was beefed up and announced during Trump’s campaign stop in Atlanta, two months before the election.
The proposals in the plan include prosecuting the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, making Juneteenth a federal holiday and economic efforts to bolster black prosperity.
The plan proposes creating 3 million new jobs in the black community over the next four years, increasing capital by nearly $500 billion and better and tailored health care plans to address historic disparities.
But responding to his claim he convinced Trump to commit to investing in the scheme, followers of Ice Cube insisted Thursday morning that he was ‘played’ and being used only as a political pawn ahead of the upcoming election.
‘There was a zero percent chance of that Trump would do that. Zero. You got played,’ prosecutor Mark Hartig wrote.
‘This is the same guy famous for stifling people,’ one responder wrote of Trump. ‘He just wants to get re-elected. He’d say anything for that to happen.’
Florida US House Candidate Pam Keith insisted that fans aren’t mad at him for attempting to push the Platinum Plan, ‘We’re mad at you because everything you think you “got” was fair dust.
‘And in the attempt, you validated a racist monster and got him votes. You were used as a political prop to masterful effect,’ she continued. ‘Trump doesn’t keep his promises to ANYONE! Most especially not us.’
Nick Jones took a similar stance to Keith, writing: ‘We love you but we have absolutely no reason to trust him to live up to his end of the bargain. His meeting with you was to sew distrust and disorder within the Black Community. Also, the timing was terrible.’
In an interview with Fox News in late October, Cube insisted the Trump administration were listening and ‘heard what I had to say’.
He also defended his decision to work with Trump in an earlier interview with CNN, insisting he will simply work with ‘whoever is in power’ and that he is ‘not on nobody’s team’.
The discussion with host Chris Cuomo came one day after Ice Cube claimed CNN had axed his appearance on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday night saying they ‘can’t handle the truth’.
Ice Cube told Cuomo Friday he ‘was not on team blue’ and also ‘not on team red’ but would work with whoever is ‘in power’ on his Contract With Black America.
‘Whoever wins – you will hear from me,’ he said of the election.
Just under an hour earlier, Ice Cube had posted a meme to Twitter captioned ‘Elections Nowadays’, which showed a herd of sheep filling out ballots for two candidates, a wolf and a lion
Rapper Ice Cube has defended his co-working effort with President Donald Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment ‘Platinum Plan’ saying, ‘I’m not playing politics with this’
CWBA is a program formed by the rapper in August with the intention of ‘striking at the heart of racism and [presenting] a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.’
Ice Cube insisted his plan is not the same as the Trump administration’s Platinum Plan, which Trump has held up as a program to support African American communities.
‘The Platinum Plan is not my plan,’ he said. ‘I came up with the Contract With Black America.
‘I didn’t run to work with any campaign. Both camps contacted me and both campaigns wanted to work with me on the Contract With Black America.’
‘One campaign said we love what you have but let’s really dig into it after the election. The other said we love what you have do you mind talking with us about it.’
He added: ‘I’m willing to work with both teams but I’m working with whoever is willing to work with me.’
He insisted that tackling the issue of racial inequality was not a partisan matter to him and that he was going to ‘go to whoever is in power and speak to them about our problems specifically’.
‘I’m not talking about minorities or people of color or diversity or none of that stuff,’ he continued.
‘I’m going there for black Americans – the ones who are descendants of slaves and that’s what I’m going to talk to anyone who is in power about so if anybody’s got a problem with that it seems like a personal problem to me.’
The Biden campaign has already unveiled its own Plan for black America independent of Ice Cube’s plan, promising to end ‘systemic racism’ from laws, institutions and public policy.
It promises to give black Americans improved access to credit and capital to boost business, improve access to quality education and expand African American home ownership and access to affordable, safe housing.