On Tuesday afternoon, Trump 2020 senior adviser Katrina Pierson posted a tweet thanking the hip-hop veteran "for his willingness" to work with the Trump administration on the "Platinum Plan"—a $500 billion package that will purportedly help Black communities. The plan is to create 3 million new jobs, push for criminal justice reform, improve access to better education and job opportunities, reduce health care costs, and designate Juneteenth as a national holiday.
So @icecube has officially given the Trump campaign permission to reveal that he has been helping us develop President Trump’s groundbreaking black Trump platform: The Platinum Plan!— Diante Johnson (@BCFPresident) October 14, 2020
“Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate! Thank you for leading,”- @KatrinaPierson pic.twitter.com/gutHEMqSAv
Cube replied, "Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA."
Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
The artist/actor has made a number of controversial comments suggesting he was unwilling to vote for the Democratic ticket. Throughout the 2020 race, Cube consistently called on both parties to explain how they will help Black Americans. He also called on politicians to sign his "Contract with Black America," which laid out a number of commitments related to prison reform, bank lending, and more.
Video: Ice Cube on Hollywood’s ‘complacent’ treatment of Black Americans
One fan’s criticism, which got a retweet with comment from Cube, began, “My Hip-Hop HERO @icecube is working with the Darkside. I haven't felt this low since Kobe passed.”
This is an updated version of A CONTRACT WITH BLACK AMERICA. We’ve been working with a lot of experts and great people during these last few weeks. The document is much stronger and much more detailed. We will continue towards perfection. https://t.co/DyIk5F5x7y— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 19, 2020
Cube weighed in with, “Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.”
Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan. https://t.co/xFIXXpOs8B— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
On Oct. 11, the 51-year-old reiterated his concerns with the country's current two-party system. He once again questioned whether the two major parties are truly committed to helping Black communities. Ice Cube acknowledged the backlash he received for refusing to endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and suggested the Democrats were taking the Black vote for granted.
He went on to say he had been in contact with both Democratic and Republican leaders, emphasized he did not trust any of them.
"No president has done right by us," he said in a video. "So, I don't trust none of them. Putting our hopes and dreams behind any of them just don't work. ... I've been making contacts with them, trying to talk about these real issues. Straight up, I believe the Democrats have been nice. ... I don't really see them pushing their policies in any different direction." He added that Democrats recruited "every Black celebrity and shit on they team, so they just figure, 'Tell Cube to shut the fuck up and vote.' I ain't gonna do that. I'm gonna push the program."
He continued: "We also met with the Republicans. ... They've moved their agenda a lot because of what we've said. They put $500 billion on the table. But who knows what's really gon' happen. I just know one of them is gonna win. And I don't know if it really matters to us."
News of Cube's alleged involvement in the Platinum Plan immediately sparked criticism, as many labeled the entertainer a "sellout" and a "manipulator." Some Twitter users slammed him for not being completely transparent about his work with the Trump administration, and claimed his previous comments gave the false impression he was unwilling to support either party.
You can read some of the reactions below.
Ice Cube working with Trump administration?!? pic.twitter.com/Ih5BpPtkrk— Narrative Based Slanderer (@HellaADZ_) October 14, 2020
3 weeks ago Ice Cube acted as if he was still vacillating between Biden and Trump while quietly working with Trump. I called it manipulation of the Black Male Vote and I was right.— . (@shOoObz) October 14, 2020
What's fucked up about this Ice Cube situation, he didn't have the courage to say he was working with Trump, he used BLACKNESS as his platform to speak on Trump behalf. He's a coward, we had to learn about his partnership with Trump from a white woman 20 days before an election.— 👑 Black Professor 👑 (@WonderKing82) October 14, 2020
so ice cube had a price to sell his community out to that GOP, and apparently the check must have cleared. pic.twitter.com/0QfixUxlfU— dr. b. h. scalliwag, ph.d. (@such_A_frknlady) October 14, 2020
So Ice Cube pulled a Van Jones and has been working with the Trump campaign on their "Platinum Plan", which is literally just promising black people $500 million and not actually doing it.— Contented Independent (@ContentedIndie) October 14, 2020
What a sellout.
It's official: Ice Cube is MAGA.— Wakandan Brand Ambassador (@Kennymack1971) October 14, 2020
The man has become what he rapped about in the second verse of Be True To The Game.
I was already done with his ass but...yeah. https://t.co/SNYdhYzmeZ
I dont know whats the bigger slap in the face. The fact Ice Cube is inserting himself as a leader or that he actually believes Trump will honor any "demands" he actually has.— Maximus (@SunG108_II) October 14, 2020
Breaking: Ice Cube is now working with the Trump campaign.— Teen for Joemala ⚖️💛 (@KhiveBidenBro) October 14, 2020
What’s going on with Ice Cube? He take the red pill or nah?— samanthamarika (@samanthamarika1) October 14, 2020
You could tell Ice Cube was being disingenuous with his “questions” this entire time. Not surprised he’s working with the Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/DqXbOcLtKf— 👸🏾L E A👸🏾 (@_MissLeandra) October 14, 2020
Ice Cube sold out and is MAGA now???pic.twitter.com/t9M7K57v51— alex (@AlexUlrichh) October 14, 2020
Btw Ice Cube was always voting for Trump he’s just been backed into a corner now and feels a way because the Black Women he has disparaged in his music for 35 years have stepped up against his bullshit.— 💛🐝 DJ Alma Donatella is VOTING BidenHarris2020 (@TheSydneyA) October 14, 2020
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