Rapper 50 Cent accuses Lil Wayne of being ‘paid’ to support President Trump
Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III) is accusing fellow rapper Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) of being paid to publicly endorse President Trump ahead of the 2020 election. The claim surfaced in an interview on “The Breakfast Club” Wednesday when the hosts were discussing the Trump administration, as well as 50 Cent’s temporary support for the president and Lil Wayne’s last-minute endorsement.
“So Wayne definitely got a check then?” co-host Charlamagne Tha God asked Jackson.
“Yeah, I’m sure,” Jackson stated. “Easily he got paid. He had the sweater and the picture.”
Just days before the presidential election, Lil Wayne revealed that he met with President Trump and then shared his posing in a friendly photo the two of them took together.
“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,” Lil Wayne said.
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. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
Wayne’s tweet was well-received by conservatives and blasted by liberals. The Platinum Plan was rolled out by his campaign and was intended to help Black Americans economically. President Trump experienced a surge in support from minority voters, especially Black voters, during the 2020 presidential election for many reasons, including more jobs and higher pay.
This week, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged Wayne with 1 count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon after federal agents searched his plane back in December of 2019. The rapper had a handgun in his luggage on his private plane.
“There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm,” said Howard Srebnick, Lil Wayne’s attorney.
In response to that development, 50 Cent suggested that Trump give Lil Wayne a call. He also said “they” will put him in jail for supporting Trump. “Wait a minute Trump still got 63 days left, call him Wayne. Get that fool on the phone. They gonna try to put you in jail for supporting Trump…” If convicted, Wayne could get up to ten years in prison.
50 Cent originally endorsed President Trump over fears that former Vice President Joe Biden’s tax plan would strip Americans of their wealth. His ex-girlfriend, comedian Chelsea Handler, shamed him on social media for his support and offered to pay his taxes. She also promised him sex. Shortly after that, 50 Cent recanted his support for Trump.
Jackson told “The Breakfast Club” that he doesn’t “really get affected” by what others think of him.
“If I cared enough about it I would be crazy already,” Jackson said.
The “Candy Shop” rapper went on to deny that he was ever paid for his initial support of Trump.
“I didn’t get paid for that,” he stated, adding that he didn’t know at the time that his beliefs would be widely reported.
After that, however, he went on to claim that he was offered $1 million to go to Trump’s inauguration, but did not specify when the offer came and who made it.
“I passed on that,” Jackson claimed. “[The original offer was] $500,000 and it went up to a million while I was still confused whether I should do it.”
50 Cent also went into Handler interfering with his political beliefs.
“She’s one of the coolest people,” Jackson said.
Even though 50 Cent has changed his mind regarding the president, he did say that he does possess some of the same qualities as Trump.
One example is the rapper and the president’s “ability to believe in yourself,” he said.
“I think most successful people are a little crazy. You have to be. You develop passion in the area that you in, and you’ve got to believe it. Look at the money he put into real estate, how much money he put into real estate,” Jackson said.