Ice Cube Said He'd 'Never' Endorse Donald Trump, in 2016

In August 2016, rapper and actor Ice Cube tweeted that he would never vote for President Donald Trump in his lead up to 2016 election, but now, leading up to the November election, Ice Cube revealed that he's been in touch with the president's campaign to discuss plans to benefit Black Americans.

Amidst Trump campaign advisor Katrina Pierson revealing that the former N.W.A. member had had input on a new "Platinum Plan" developed by the administration, the August 2016 tweet resurfaced.

I will never endorse a mothafucka like Donald Trump! EVER!!!

— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 27, 2016

"I will never endorse a m********a like Donald Trump," he tweeted. "EVER!!!"

While Ice Cube has not officially endorsed Trump or said if he's voting for him, recent tweets have confirmed that he's communicated with people working on the Trump campaign (as well as Democrats).

It's unclear how much impact Ice Cube and his Contract with Black America had on the Platinum Plan, Pierson shouted him out for working with the Trump administration. While it's not entirely clear, the rapper appeared to hint at the plan in a video he tweeted on Sunday, where he expressed skepticism about politicians, but also revealed that he'd met with Republicans.

Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan


Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading! ✊🏾

— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2020

People criticized Ice Cube for working with Trump, especially following Pierson's shoutout.

Shame on Ice Cube and any of you who are allowing yourselves to be led by him. He isn't bucking the system, he's working his way into it for his own personal gain.

Donald Trump doesn't give AF about Black people; yet, some of you are all too willing to shuck & jive for him.

— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) October 14, 2020

I don’t.

I can SEE what @realDonaldTrump’s policies have done to harm black & brown people.

Ice Cube is being used a a pawn, but he’ll be fine.

The folks who fall for whatever their plan is (that keeps a vote from @JoeBiden) will not.

I’m heartbroken that he’s doing this. 💔

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 14, 2020

On Wednsday afternoon, the rapper confirmed that he'd been in touch with the Trump campaign to discuss the Contract with Black America. While he didn't say how collaborative the process was, he explained the differences in approach between Democrats and Republicans. "Both parties contacted me. Dems said we'll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA," he wrote.

Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.

— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020

Ice Cube also responded to one fan who said that by meeting with the Trump campaign he was working for the "darkside."

"Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. 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. Our justice is bipartisan," he wrote.

As previously reported, in a video shared to Twitter on Sunday, Ice Cube expressed skepticism about members of both political parties helping the Black community, but he did single out former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, saying he's received backlash for not saying he would vote blue, but reiterated what he saw as the failure of every president. "Everybody's been mad at me, cause I haven't been on the f**king-y'know-the gravy train of these candidates, especially Joe Biden and Harris. I don't trust none of them. No president has done right by us. So I don't trust none of them," he said in the video.

Ice Cube's publicist did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

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Ice Cube performs during Day 2 of the 2019 Louder Than Life Music Festival at Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center on September 28, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Getty/Stephen J. Cohen