President Donald Trump is still in legal battle over the 2020 elections. He is continuing to claim there was fraud by the Democratic party and its leader Joe Biden.
With that said, Trump isn’t conceding defeat and still giving his supporters a slither of hope of seeing him in a second term in the White House. Trump saw an increase in support from rappers and black men in comparison to his last run for the presidency in 2016.
In a recent interview with The Atlantic, Obama shared his thoughts and observations on why that may be and criticized hip-hop while doing so. The former president explained he often reminds himself of the similarities between how Trump and mainstream rappers measure their success, largely through material goods.
“It’s interesting—people are writing about the fact that Trump increased his support among Black men [in the 2020 presidential election], and the occasional rapper who supported Trump,” Obama said, an obvious reference to50 Cent and Lil Wayne’s recent endorsements. “I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it’s all about the bling, the women, the money. A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture.”
“America has always had a caste system—rich and poor, not just racially but economically—but it wasn’t in your face most of the time when I was growing up,” Obama continued. “Then you start seeing Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, that sense that either you’ve got it or you’re a loser. And Donald Trump epitomizes that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture.”
It is an interesting viewpoint since Barack Obama is a historic figure in the political landscape and also American history for being the first ever Black president. He was endorsed over the years by Nicki Minaj to Kendrick Lamar to Rick Ross and more.
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