Rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, publicly endorsed Donald Trump on October 19 for the 2020 presidential election. The 45-year-old actor and producer tweeted out to his 12.2 million followers that he dislikes former Vice President Joe Biden‘s tax plan, so his vote is going to Trump.
Jackson said, “WHAT THE F***! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, Man — F*** NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f****** mind.” He shared the exact same message on his Instagram account, where the “P.I.M.P” rapper has 26.2 million followers.
In the screenshot shared by the Grammy Award-winning rapper on Monday, Jackson, who’s originally from Queens, shared a graphic from CNBC showing what they say would be the top tax rates under Biden’s plan. In New York, the combined local, state and federal tax rate for Americans earning more than $400,000 annually would be 58%, CNBC reported, while those living in New York City and earning more than $400,000 per year would see a combined local, state and federal tax rate totaling 62%.
In addition to a highly successful rap career, Jackson has made a name for himself on the small screen. He currently serves as the executive producer on ABC’s For Life and the Starz show Power. In 2008, Trump referred to the “In Da Club” rapper as a friend, according to Gothamist. “I’m in many, many rappers’ songs. And I know them. 50 Cent is sort of a friend of mine. I mean, he likes me. He just did a show. It was a copy of ‘The Apprentice.’ It will fail because he’s not Trump, but he’s actually a nice guy,” Trump told the outlet.
50 Cent Has Been Publicly Critical of Trump but Was a Big Fan of President George W. Bush
Jackson’s endorsement for Trump was a surprising announcement for his fans because only a few months ago he was trashing the president for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In March, he shared a message on Instagram saying, “You wanted a reality show host as president. Well, now you’re on Survivor.” Jackon captioned the post, “yeah we f***** up big time, but we gonna be alright watch. LOL.”
On October 16, Jackson shared an Instagram video of Trump dancing on stage with a caption saying, “Still no f**** given. The Bots support TRUMP.”
Jackson’s endorsement of Trump is not the first time he’s publicly supported a Republican president. In 2005, Jackson went to bat for then-president George W. Bush, calling him “incredible” and “a gangsta” in an interview with GQ, as reported by MTV. He said, “I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him,” Jackson told GQ.
While Jackson’s felony conviction kept him from voting, the rapper said he would have voted for Bush.
There Was Mixed Reaction on Social Media Following 50 Cent’s Trump Endorsement
While Republicans commented on Jackson’s Instagram post saying “Trump 2020” and “Black Kings for Trump,” those who don’t support Trump dragged him for basing his vote on taxes on the wealthy, and both sides argued about how much money he’s actually worth.
While the rapper filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in 2015, “citing debts of $36 million and assets of less than $20 million,” USA Today reported, a federal judge discharged his bankruptcy case in 2017 after he paid back over $22 million.
One person tweeted, “50 Cent is a member of the 1% elite that earns over $400,000.00/year and thinks the general population should be overburdened so he can save a few dollars. Don’t stream @50cent’s music, pirate it.” CNN’s Keith Boykin simply tweeted, “50 Cent ain’t worth two quarters.”