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Trump senior advisor, Katrina Pierson congratulated the former N.W.A member, Ice Cube in a Twitter shoutout on October 13 regarding his collaboration with the Trump Administration for developing a two-page campaign promise, called the Platinum Plan. A proposal that would provide money to Black communities, Trump’s platinum plan and the entertainer’s collaboration with the president sparked controversy online resulting in Ice Cube publicly defending himself.
Ice Cube explained that both the Trump and Biden campaigns contacted him about his 22-page proposal called the Contract With Black Americans, which was released in August. The Biden campaign offered to address the proposal with Ice Cube after the election, while the Trump Campaign was open to discussing ideas as soon as possible. The goal of Trump’s Platinum plan is to increase the wealth in Black communities with a $500 billion investment by the president and 3 million new jobs. This will hopefully lead to easier access to education and more job training. Under the plan, Trump also pledges to make Juneteenth a national holiday if he is reelected.
The meeting between the campaigns happened after Ice Cube’s posted a video on Twitter on August 22 where he addressed both parties. “What’s in it for us? What’s in it for the black community besides the same old thing we’ve been getting from these parties,” the star asked.
The criticisms started once a series of tweets began surfacing online from journalists and writers questioning Trump’s motives for working with Ice Cube. Journalist and writer Touré tweeted that the Trump Administration could be using Ice Cube for their campaign. Ice Cube went back to Twitter arguing against the accusations that suggested he was being used to endorse Trump.
“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,” he tweeted. “Our justice is bipartisan.”
Originally stating that he would never endorse Trump, Ice Cube now argues that he doesn’t support one candidate over the other. He explained that he would choose anyone “who has the power to help Black Americans close the enormous wealth gap.”
Controversy followed Ice Cube when CNN canceled his interview on Chris Cuomo’s show. The cancelation took place two days after Ice Cube confirmed he was working with the president on the Platinum plan. The star exposed the show for not being able to “handle the truth.”
CNN did not return a request for comment and has not confirmed the accuracy of these allegations.