Last night, at this US election’s final Trump rally in Wisconsin, The President gave a shout out to some of his high-profile supporters.
“And speaking of sound and music and other things” a MAGA-hat adorned Trump said: “One of the biggest superstars in the world… Lil Pimp!”
Er, sorry, what? Do you mean Lil Pump, the ‘Gucci Gang’ rapper?
“Does everyone know who he is?” the President continued, clearly not knowing who he was. “You know how big he is? Come up here, that’s a nice hat.”
As Pump made his way to the podium, Trump, clearly made aware of his mistake, continued: “There he is. You wanna come up here and say something? Lil Pump?”
Pump, addressing the crowd, thanked the President for “bringing the troops home”, something he has done to a lesser extent than President Obama.
Pimp or Pump, Trimp or Trump: sadly the Floridian rapper isn’t the only musician showing his support for Trump ahead of tonight’s US election.
Here are some of the other misguided fools who think a racist, misogynist bully as the leader of the United States is a good idea.
While Cube hasn’t specifically said he is a Trump supporter, he is working with his administration on some policies and plans that are designed to help Black Americans, called the Contract With Black America. Of the flack he got for this decision, he said: “I didn’t run to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America. One campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And one campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t run to nobody.”
Country music and Republicans are frequent bedfellows, as the modern country stars making a stand against right wing politics have discovered. Ted Nugent is a long-time Trump supporter. In an interview this year Nugent said:
“Donald Trump was sent here to prove that we the people identify the negativity of the status quo, we are more than aware of the criminal corruption and abuse of power just rampant in the Democratic party and all too often acceptable in the Republican party. And Donald Trump came along with his middle finger on fire, ’cause he was not presidential. ‘Cause we didn’t want presidential, because all those punks that came before him were presidential and they wrecked everything. And I could go into gory detail, but I would like to think that everybody is well aware of the evidence.”
He continued: “The taxation without representation, the refusal to be accountable with our hard-earned tax dollars, the open and glaring examples of giving it to Planned Parenthood. It’s not for health care – it’s to pay for people’s abortions that we don’t believe in. If you want an abortion, buy one, but don’t charge me. Not to mention that Planned Parenthood is a left-wing organisation that donates gazillions of dollars to left-wing communist candidates, which you can’t force me to pay for – but they do!”
Weezy fans around the world were surprised when just a couple of weeks ago, Lil Wayne tweeted that he’d had a productive rendez-vous with Trump.
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump@potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” the rapper wrote. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”
Kanye’s voting for himself this year, but prior to his decision to run for election, he has been vocal about his support for Trump, wearing the MAGA hat on a number of occasions and even visiting the Oval Office for a tête-à-tête with the President.
In a 2018 interview with Charlamagne tha God, West said: “I don’t have all the answers that a celebrity’s supposed to have. But I can tell you that, when he [Trump] was running, it’s like I felt something. The fact that he won, it proves something. It proves that anything is possible in America. Donald Trump can be president of America. I’m not talking about what he’s done since he’s in office. But the fact that he was able to do it – remember when I said I was gonna run for President? I had people that was close to me, friends of mine, makin’ memes, talkin’ shit, now it’s like, oh, that was proven that that could have happened … from what we’ve been doing in fashion to me wearing the pink polos, to me being out-spoken, to me being ostracised because of the Taylor Swift thing, or the George Bush thing, who I’m dating, who I’m marrying, who I’m talking about, all of this is an outsider thing. When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that.”
On Piers Morgan’s Good Morning Britain in 2018, Kiss’ Gene Simmons said of Trump “It takes a certain personality and certain type of person to do anything. Politics has forever changed – whether you like it or not – politics are over.”
Before the 2016 election Simmons said of the then presidential candidate: “He’s a good family man. How you are with your family is a good indicator of how you are as a person.” Going on to criticise “name-calling” politics and emphasise the need to tighten the US’ borders against illegal immigrants, Simmons said: “I believe Donald Trump is a good man and he’s better than using incendiary language.”
Kid Rock is an unashamed Trump supporter, attending rallies, speaking at The White House and going above and beyond to support the President. At one such event, he said to the President: “There’s a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you’ve been doing for this country. We know that some people don’t give it to you as much as maybe they should sometimes.”