Ice Cube responds to backlash over his collaboration with President Trump

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Ice Cube responds to backlash over Trump collaboration
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After taking heat for a few days, rapper Ice Cube spoke to CNN to set the record straight on why he was working with President Trump.

LOS ANGELES -- After taking heat for a few days, rapper Ice Cube spoke to CNN on Friday to set the record straight on why he was working with President Donald Trump.

Cube spoke mostly with Chris Cuomo about his "Contract With Black America," a plan he released earlier this year to address racial inequality. Cube said he has never met Trump and is not trusting either his campaign or Joe Biden's campaign -- he's going by action.

"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 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."

The entertainer tweeted Wednesday that the Trump campaign made adjustments to "their plan" for Black America after talking to him.

Trump's plan -- dubbed the "Platinum Plan" -- includes initiatives such as "neighborhoods with highest policing standards" and replacing "failing schools" with "full school choice."

Cube is willing to work with both teams, he said, and with whomever will work with him.

"I'm not playing no more of these political games, we're not part of a team ... so I'm going to whoever's in power and I'm going to speak to them about our problems, specifically," Cube said, explaining that "our" is referring to Black Americans. "I'm not going in there talking about minorities, I'm not going in there talking about people of color or diversity or none of that stuff. I'm going there for Black Americans, the ones who are descendants of slaves."

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During Friday's interview, Cube spoke about closing the wealth gap and how those who don't have money are disrespected in this country.

"This is the problem in America, Black people don't own on capital," he said. "We cannot survive in America another 100 years living like this."

On Tuesday, Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser for the President, tweeted that Cube helped develop Trump's "Platinum Plan."

"Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate," she wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for leading!"

Ice Cube unveiled his 13-part plan in July, which included points such as police and prison reform and interest free loans for home ownership. Though he denounced Trump in 2016, he has said in recent months that he wants change regardless of the political party.

"If anyone has a problem with that, it seems like a personal problem," Cube told Cuomo.