President Trump praised Lil Wayne as an ‘activist’ the day after the rapper endorsed him
President Donald Trump went on the record to state that rapper Lil Wayne requested a meeting with him and also complimented him as an “activist” and “nice guy.”
Trump addressed reporters a day after the “Lollipop” rapper endorsed the president for a second term.
“He wanted a meeting. He’s a really nice guy. He’s really an activist in a positive way and he asked for a meeting and as you saw, the meeting went very well,” Trump said.
Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., shocked fans and the political class when he weighed in on the presidential race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. As theGrio reported, that the Young Money founder announced to his almost 35 million followers on Twitter Thursday that he was backing Trump due to efforts on police reform, ownership, and the much-touted Platinum Plan.
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump,” the multiplatinum rapper posted. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”
Trump reposted Lil Wayne’s backing to the glee of those in his echo chamber and the scorn of those who have a distrust for the president. Lil Wayne quickly became a trending topic and criticized for co-signing Trump who has been accused of racism and being harmful to the Black community.
Users on social media seized on Wayne’s past comments about the Black Lives Matter movement and views on racism. In 2016, he told the Associated Press that he was simply removed from it.
“Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is. I know a good [expletive] named Uncle Bob, though,” Wayne said at the time.
50 Cent, who recently co-signed Trump because of his tax policies and then backtracked, mocked Wayne for taking a picture with Trump. 50 claimed he would have never done such a thing.
“oh no 👀 WAYNE🤦♂️, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi,” he tweeted.
“Trust me when I tell you, Black people are not on the Trump administration’s agenda, nor will we ever be. All of our civil liberties are at risk,” Charlamagne Tha God said on Friday’s The Breakfast Club.
Lil Wayne and 50 Cent are not the only Black rappers who have become more politically engaged this season. Kanye West announced his own run for the presidency over the summer under the Birthday Party and Ice Cube has put forth his Contract With Black America.
Cube has also withstood backlash for working with the Trump administration but has insisted that he is simply looking out for the Black community. He will work with anyone to achieve goals for its betterment.
“I put out a plan, both campaigns wanted to talk to me about it, and I was eager to talk to both campaigns. I’m done playing this politic game, joining sides,” he said during Wednesday’s episode of The Daily Show. “To me, that doesn’t get the job done. You know, what gets the job done is to try to make a deal with whoever is in power and hopefully they see what we’re going through.”
The election will take place on Nov. 3.
Have you subscribed to theGrio’s podcast “Dear Culture”? Download our newest episodes now!
TheGrio is now on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku. Download theGrio today!
The post Trump says Lil Wayne requested meeting: ‘He’s an activist, really nice guy’ appeared first on TheGrio.