Ice Cube has defended his decision to work with Donald Trump on a plan for black Americans as he finally went on CNN after blasting the network and host Chris Cuomo for canceling his interview the day before.
The rapper insisted he is ‘working with whoever is in power’ and that he is ‘not on nobody’s team’ during an interview with Cuomo Friday night.
Ice Cube has been forced to defend himself after the Trump administration said this week it was working with him on creating policies to better serve African American communities.
He was slammed following the announcement as fans questioned how he could go ‘from NWA to MAGA’ and claimed he was being used by Donald Trump and his administration to try to claw in black votes just before the election.
The hotly-anticipated discussion with Cuomo came one day after Ice Cube claimed CNN had axed his appearance on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday night saying they ‘can’t handle the truth’.
Ice Cube told Cuomo Friday he ‘was not on team blue’ and also ‘not on team red’ but would work with whoever is ‘in power’ on his Contract With Black America.
‘Whoever wins – you will hear from me,’ he said of the election.
CWBA is a program formed by the rapper in August with the intention of ‘striking at the heart of racism and [presenting] a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.’
Ice Cube insisted his plan is not the same as the Trump administration’s Platinum Plan, which Trump has held up as a program to support African American communities.
He said he didn’t reach out to the Trump administration but that both the Trump and Biden campaign reached out to him about CWBA.
He explained that, while both sides expressed interest in working with him, Biden’s team asked to work with him after the election while Trump’s asked to speak with him then.
‘The Platinum Plan is not my plan,’ he said. ‘I came up with the Contract With Black America.
‘I didn’t run to work with any campaign. Both camps contacted me and both campaigns wanted to work with me on the Contract With Black America.
‘One campaign said we love what you have but let’s really dig into it after the election. The other said we love what you have do you mind talking with us about it.’
He added: ‘I’m willing to work with both teams but I’m working with whoever is willing to work with me.’
He insisted that tackling the issue of racial inequality was not a partisan matter to him and that he was going to ‘go to whoever is in power and speak to them about our problems specifically’.
‘I’m not talking about minorities or people of color or diversity or none of that stuff,’ he continued.
‘I’m going there for black Americans – the ones who are descendants of slaves and that’s what I’m going to talk to anyone who is in power about so if anybody’s got a problem with that it seems like a personal problem to me.’
Cuomo launched into the interview with a run down of differences between Ice Cube’s music career and Donald Trump’s stance on racial equality.
The anchor described how Ice Cube started out ‘rapping in defiance of police presence’ and cut to a clip of his 2018 song ‘Arrest the President’ where the rapper hit out at Trump saying he was ‘Russian intelligence’ and ‘so full of s***’.
“I am willing to work with whoever is willing to work with me.” CNN’s @ChrisCuomo speaks with Rapper @IceCube after causing a stir this week for working with President Trump on his plan for Black America. “I am going to work with whoever is in power.” https://t.co/C2JcioA1aa pic.twitter.com/zQLBRimue9
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) October 17, 2020
He then played a clip of GOP Senator David Perdue mispronouncing Kamala Harris’s name during tonight’s campaign rally as an example of how the administration ‘treats the first black vice presidential candidate’.
He also shot to a clip of Trump speaking where he branded Black Lives Matter ‘a racist term’ and dismissed the organization as being ran by Marxists.
Ice Cube branded the introduction ‘misleading’ and hit out at Cuomo for saying ‘I ran over to the Trump team instead of the Biden team – that’s not true’.
‘I’m not playing no more of these games. These political games,’ he said. ‘We’re not part of a team.
‘We have very raw problems especially with the wealth gap in this country when it comes to black Americans.’
When Cuomo pushed back saying people of color will ask why he is ‘picking Trump’, Ice Cube said ‘I’m not picking nobody – he’s the president.’
Cuomo pressed the rapper on whether he believes Trump truly cares about racial inequality.
‘I don’t know what he wants to do,’ said Ice Cube.
‘I just know what the man said… I’ve never met Donald Trump so I don’t know what he’s going to do I just know what he said he’s going to do.’
Ice Cube added that both Biden and Trump had a plan but ‘who knows what’s going to happen after November 3.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rachel Sharp and Leah Simpson