With the 2020 election season in its final days, Ice Cube created a political stir online yesterday. A large section of the Twitterverse was shocked to learn that the N.W.A. member has been working with the Republican Donald Trump Administration.
The news initially spread after Trump campaign advisor Katrina Pierson announced Cube reportedly assisted in the development of the president’s “Platinum Plan” for Black communities. Pierson tweeted @icecube, “Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!”
Attention then turned to Cube. Many social media users began questioning why the man that previously said he would “never endorse a m######### like Donald Trump” is now teaming with the same politician Ice Cube called on to be arrested in 2018. The Hip Hop star’s name was trending on Twitter for hours.
Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading! ✊🏾
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2020
I will never endorse a m######### like Donald Trump! EVER!!!
— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 27, 2016
Cube responded to the backlash by mentioning his so-called Contract With Black America. The 51-year-old entertainer tweeted, “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.”
When a fan expressed disappointment that Ice Cube was providing public support to the “darkside” by essentially backing Trump’s re-election, he replied, “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.”
Ice Cube’s explanations still did not sit well with many Democrats and progressives online, but right-wing individuals saw things differently. His Twitter mentions were filled with left-leaning critics calling him disparaging terms like “pawn,” clown,” and “c###.” However, Cube was embraced by Republicans and conservatives.
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
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
This is just like Isaiah Washington and that “Obama never invited me to the White House” b#######, but be a pawn for a white supremacist/fascist if you want to.
— king crissle (@crissles) October 14, 2020
You got played by Trump just like you got played by Jerry and now you look like a f###### clown. I’m sorry, a MAGA clown.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 14, 2020
You partnered with a President who told a bigoted militia group to ‘stand by’ so you can have your seat at the table. They’re going to use u as a prop. N##### can’t even get a second stimulus check, but we trust he’ll put money in poor Black people’s pocket???
— defund as a means to abolish (@awkward_duck) October 14, 2020
Trump will not deliver anything he promises. Everything will be ready in two weeks! For the last 4 years
— Andrea Kuszewski 🧠 (@AndreaKuszewski) October 14, 2020
You did the right thing. The dems wanted to hold your influence hostage until after the election and the Trump campaign is willing to work with you and took action. Don't worry about these haters 💪
— gootecks (@gootecks) October 14, 2020
Dems are like: Why buy the cow when we can get the milk for FREE!!!
Why help Blacks or do something for them when we already know that we will get their vote. Wasted energy.
Its good business! Dems believe they have us figured out.
— Marland Lowe (@MarlandLowe) October 14, 2020
The left would rather attack you for aligning with right leaning politicians to help our community— than give you props for doing something to help our community in general.
It’s b####### and the people doing that don’t really care about our community.
I hope you can see that.
— RAM (Richard Armande Mills) (@RAMRANTS) October 14, 2020
Hey @Icecube…do you truly believe that a bunch of rich Republican white men will do more for people of color than than Democrats? Please tell me you're joking…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) October 14, 2020
Bro, Trump and his GOP supports literally none of the policies in your CWBA. You are a clown. pic.twitter.com/T8zNQNukxT
— Jamie 😷’Grady (@JamieOGrady) October 14, 2020
And you believe Trump?
— David ex Trump voter for Biden Weissman (@davidmweissman) October 14, 2020
Nawww-Only one side lied about a pandemic that killed my husband’s cousin and a couple hundred thousand others who died alone.
Only ONE side is suppressing our votes and forcing through a Supreme Court Justice who feels the N word is just fine in the workplace… 🛑
— Holly Robinson Peete😷🥰 (@hollyrpeete) October 15, 2020
Putting children in cages, letting 200K+ people die, inspiring White Supremacy, brazenly cheating at everything, basically saying “whatevs” to Black Lives Matter…none of that is negotiable.
— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) October 14, 2020