Ice Cube Hasn't Said He's Pro Trump, But Confirms They Have Been in Touch

People on Twitter criticized rapper and actor Ice Cube after one of President Donald Trump's senior advisors thanked him for "step[ping] up" and helping the administration develop the "Platinum Plan," which is meant to help Black communities. While the former N.W.A. member hasn't confirmed whether or not he supports Trump, he did release a video on Sunday that showed that he's skeptical of all politicians, but seemingly, especially former Vice President Joe Biden.

DON'T KILL THE MESSENGER #CWBA #ContractWithBlackAmerica

— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 11, 2020

Ice Cube began the video, speaking vaguely about systemic racism. "There's systems in place, as we all know. It ain't cause we ain't doing what we're supposed to do as Black people, because, of course we all could do better. There's s**t that we need to do to clean up ourselves and our community, but besides that s**t, the system is f**ked up," he said.

The rapper then expressed skepticism about both major political parties and called on the Black community to work together against systemic racism. "I don't know if we could count on any parties to get us out this s**t, to be honest. So we are going to have to do lots of things different as a Black community," he said, telling people to pool resources and think about "how do we get ahead."

He continued to say that he didn't feel any president had properly helped that Black community, making him skeptical to throw support behind the Biden campaign. "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.

He explained that Black people "have to make [politicians] do what we want them to do," before he says who he'll vote for. "The Democrats, they got every Black celebrity and s**t on their team," he said. "They just figure, tell Cube, 'shut the f**k up and vote,' and so I ain't gonna do that. I'm gonna push the program. We got a program. I'm pushing it on everybody."

Ice Cube also mentioned $500 billion that Republicans offered for his program, although it is unclear, if this is the "Platinum Plan" that Katrina Pierson tweeted about. "We also met with the Republicans," he said. "They moved their agenda a lot, because of what we said. They put $500 billion on the table, but who knows what's gonna really happen?"

While its not clear, one point in the plan shared on Twitter includes "Seek infrastructure funding that will lead to widespread growth in the annual $500B federal contracting opportunities."

He then turned back to the election, questioning what impact the outcome will have. "I just know one of them is going to win, and I don't know if it can really matter to us. We just have to push whoever's in there, because nobody really solved our problems," he said.

Ice Cube continued, "People say, 'We can't take another four years of this.' Black people, we can take anything. Joe Biden, the Democrats, I believe they owe us. Will they do right by us at the end of the day? Who knows. I think the plan they have is: they're doing a lot when it comes to safety and police and all this s**t, but that dough is thin."

He finished the video, calling for everyone to be held accountable. "We need to hold everybody to the fire, and make sure everybody do what they're supposed to do when it comes to Black people and not get caught up in a whole lot of white people business," he said. "We gotta make a decision, and we gotta push people to do something, do something big, and do it right now."

While the action may have been the "Platinum Plan" that Pierson tweeted about, it's not totally clear. He did include the hashtag "Contract With Black America," which is something he's called for politicians to support. The contract calls for solutions to issues in the Black community, and calls for representation, prison reform, confederate statue removal and more.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Ice Cube said that the Trump campaign did make adjustments to its plan after discussing the Contract with Black America with him, although he didn't expressly endorse him.

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

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Ice Cube performs during the "How the West was Won" tour at Toyota Amphitheatre on October 12, 2019 in Wheatland, California. Getty/Tim Mosenfelder