A number of influential black entertainers and entrepreneurs have stepped up to support President Donald Trump’s platform on black empowerment, signaling a historic shift away from the Democratic Party’s stranglehold on black voters.
Last week Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the president’s campaign, announced that rapper, actor and filmmaker O’Shea Jackson, known as Ice Cube, is contributing to the development of a “Platinum Plan” for Black America.
“I’m willing to work with both teams, but I’m just working with whoever is willing to work with me,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last Friday.
He said he never met Trump and doesn’t trust his campaign or Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign.
“I didn’t run to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me,” Cube said. “Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America. One campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into it after the election.’ And one campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t run to nobody.”
A week later rapper, actor and business mogul Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, harshly criticized Biden’s tax proposals. He shared a screenshot Monday of a CNBC report on the top tax rates by state for people earning $400,000 or more under the former vice president’s proposal.
The report, citing the Tax Foundation and the Biden campaign, highlighted states that would exponentially increase taxes for top earners: California (62.6 percent), New Jersey (60 percent), New York State (58 percent), and New York City (62 percent).
“WHAT THE FK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT…. FK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f**king mind,” 50 Cent wrote on Twitter.
He doubled down on his support for the president Tuesday, confirming that he’s backing Trump for re-election, saying he could become “20 Cent” under Biden’s plan. The rapper, who reportedly lives in New York City, could be hit with a 62 percent tax rate increase.
“Yeah, i don’t want to be 20cent. 62% is a very, very, bad idea. i don’t like it !” he tweeted. The following day he landed on the cover of the New York Post, featuring his hilarious tweet.
A Biden administration would reverse part of Trump’s 2017 tax law that reduced the top federal rate for individuals from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.
The report noted that few, if any, taxpayers pay the full statutory rates, which don’t include deductions, credits, offsets, and other loopholes.
The Breakfast Club” co-host Charlamagne Tha God appeared on CNN Tuesday night, to discuss “prominent black men” who have either endorsed Trump or expressed willingness to work with him.
The radio host infamously clashed with Biden in May on his show when he skewered the former vice president on his record of pushing policies that hurt the black community.
“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” said Biden, triggering a firestorm among black voters who accused him of racism and entitlement.
Charlamagne praised Trump’s efforts to reach out to “young black male voters,” even though he made it clear he intended to cast a vote to elect California Senator Kamala Harris as vice president.
“I don’t like that narrative,” he told anchor Don Lemon. “You know, because if Trump wins, they’re about to turn this into a ‘black men are the reason why Trump is in office.'”
“When it comes to those black people you see who maybe [are] showing support for Trump, I just think because Trump is actually talking to young, black male voters,” the radio host said. “He’s directing ads towards them. They are a group that, you know, never gets courted,” he noted.
“I mean, black people don’t get courted either as a whole, but that old Democratic regime speaks to old black men and they think that everyone else in the black community, the black family is supposed to fall in line … they think the rest of us all speak the same language.”
“So Trump is targeting young black males. And promo ad and marketing, it works,” he emphasized.
The endorsements by powerful black entertainers and media moguls of Trump’s policies and outreach to black voters come in the midst of social upheaval and violence spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement and Antifa militants.
BLM has conflated police shootings of unarmed men with a historic narrative of oppression of African Americans, capturing the hearts and minds of many disillusioned black youth across the country.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik urged the U.S. Justice Department to stop the nationwide unrest caused by the “anti-government, anti-police Marxist movement,” during a September interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends Weekend.
He compared the movement to some that arose during the 1970s and 1980s led by the Black Liberation Army and Black Panther Party which led to the assassinations of almost two dozen police officers over 10 years.
The militants rationalize their tactics by accusing the president and anyone affiliated with him of being hardline racists and fascists, therefore anything they do to strip them of power is justified.
Democrats are now financially supporting anarchists affiliated with these groups which have been engaged in violent demonstrations aimed at dismantling our judicial system by attacking police, jails and even the courts.
Democratic governors and city leaders have sympathized with leftist arsonists, looters, vandals and criminals in dereliction of their duty to provide public safety.
Democratic prosecutors have let hundreds of destructive anarchists walk away from charges as they injure and murder police and loot the nation’s business districts in search of “reparations.”
They water down laws meant to quell violent protests and hamstring police with crowd control restrictions. They lobby for sweeping “no-cash bail” reforms and openly endorse organizations that raise funds to bond criminals out of jail.
The Chairman of the Greater New York chapter of BLM, Hawk Newsome, appeared on Fox News with Martha MacCallum in August outlining the next phase of the movement.
He pushed back on accusations from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that week branding BLM a terrorist organization that was ‘basically engaged in stealing’.
“Well, so we are moving on past Rudy Giuliani and we’re moving into looting and a form of reparation,” Newsome said. “Let’s be very careful and I’d appreciate if you let me speak. Let’s be very careful.”
“The problem with oppression and white supremacy is, white supremacy will have you criticizing the oppressed and worshiping the oppressors. Now, if you want to talk to me about reparations, nothing falls short of a solution other than people cutting a check. If you want to do something about reparations, cut the check,” he said.