MIAMI – President Donald Trump’s busy itinerary on Thursday in Florida included a meeting with Dwayne Carter Jr., better known Lil Wayne.
The 38-year-old New Orleans rapper shared the photo on Twitter and Facebook to announce that he is endorsing Trump, because of his commitment to criminal justice reform.
The meeting was part of Trump’s campaign for the Black vote in battle states. The Democratic Party has maintained a strong advantage among Black voters who have reached a record 30 million in 2020, according to Pew Research.
Trump’s strategy might be working. The Rasmussen Reports announced on Thursday that an ongoing poll found 31% of Black voters would vote for Trump. The poll was at 27% on Monday.
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Trump’s Platinum Plan will “give the community real ownership,” Lil Wayne wrote.
O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube, touted his work with Trump on the plan to invest about $500 billion on “Black Economic Empowerment.” The California rapper, actor and filmmaker recently declined to participate in a Zoom call with Sen. Kamala Harris, a former attorney general of California.
Miami’s Gazzy Garcia, better known as 20-year-old rapper Lil Pump, of Gucci Gang, announced he was endorsing Trump on Sunday.
Garcia shared a video on Instagram telling his 17 million followers that he doesn’t want to pay more taxes if Joe Biden gets elected. Biden’s plan says that if he is elected he “won’t ask a single person making under $400,000 per year to pay a penny more in taxes.”
Last week, Juaquin Malphurs, better known as New York rapper Waka Flocka Flame, implied President Donald Trump had done a better job than former President Barack Obama, the first Black president in the history of the United States.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, was also in Florida on Thursday and Jill Biden plans to be in Tallahassee, Orlando, and Tampa on Sunday. Biden and Harris, the first Black woman of Indian descent to be nominated, are running with a plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice.
Biden and Harris have repeatedly accused Trump of being racist. The Black Lives Matter movement was reinvigorated during the campaign season. A desire to stand against impunity and the police brutality that was on display on viral videos as disproportionately affecting Blacks prompted protests nationwide.
Trump has stood against the movement and has referred to BLM protesters as “left-wing mobs."
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