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US election 2020: Rapper Lil Wayne endorses Donald Trump and backs ‘platinum plan’



The rapper says the president’s plan for African Americans will “give the community real ownership”.

Lil Wayne has tweeted his support for Donald Trump after meeting with him to discuss his plan to help black Americans – just four days before the election.

The rapper praised the US president’s work on criminal justice reform and said his “platinum plan” will “give the community real ownership”.

Alongside a picture of the two smiling and giving a thumbs up, Lil Wayne wrote: “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

The president, who famously tweets regularly, did not follow the meeting with a response but retweeted the rapper’s post.

Mr Trump’s “platinum plan” was unveiled in September, with the president claiming it was specifically designed to provide an economic boost to the black community.Advertisement

One of the many proposals includes marking “Juneteenth” – or June 19th – as a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US.

His plans also include prosecuting the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist organisation.

However, at a presidential debate last month, Mr Trump repeatedly declined to condemn white supremacy and violent right-wing groups – despite several requests by moderator Chris Wallace.

He instead urged far-right group Proud Boys – known for street brawling – to “stand by”.

In 2016, Mr Trump won just 8% of the black vote – compared to his rival candidate Hillary Clinton who secured 88% – according to the Edison Research for the National Election Pool.

The Lollipop rapper is not the only famous hip hop star to endorse the president’s work.

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube defended his role in advising Mr Trump with the proposals, saying “black progress is a bipartisan issue”.

Kanye West has also publicly supported the president, though he later launched his own bid to become president.