Obama is calling out rappers for contributing to the same values as Donald Trump. Barack Obama suggested that Donald Trump's increase in votes from black males in the 2020 US election could be in part be attributed to the “the bling, the women, the money” in rap music. After four years of silence during the Trump presidency, the former president is giving his first interviews and is calling out Donald Trump and the rappers who supported him.
In an extensive interview with The Atlantic, Obama suggested that the compasions can be made between the way in which Trump values succes and the opulent display of wealth often portrayed in the genre's music videos.
“It’s interesting: people are writing about the fact that Trump increased his support among Black men [in the election], and the occasional rapper who supported Trump,”
“I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it’s all about the bling, the women, the money. A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture.”
An exit poll from NBC suggested that Joe Biden received 80% of the support of black meen, whereas Hilary Clinton got 82% of the vote in 2016. In contrast, Obama secured 95% and 87% respectively in 2008 and 2012.
“America has always had a caste system — rich and poor, not just racially but economically — but it wasn’t in your face most of the time when I was growing up.
“Then you start seeing Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, that sense that either you’ve got it or you’re a loser. And Donald Trump epitomises that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture.”
His comments about rappers come after Lil Wayne and Lil Pump publicly endorsed Trump ahead of the 2020 election. Luckily Lil Pump did forgot to vote, so we can see that as a small win. But at the time of writing President Trump is still yet to officially concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden after his triumph in the election. On Trumps refusal to concede Obama said:
“For all the differences between myself and George W. Bush, he and his administration could not have been more gracious and intentional about ensuring a smooth handoff.
“One of the really distressing things about the current situation is the amount of time that is being lost because of Donald Trump’s petulance and the unwillingness of other Republicans to call him on it.”