Chart-Topping Rapper Endorses Trump, and It's a Sign of Political Progress

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Trump gets another endorsement, and from an unlikely place.

You may not be familiar with Lil Pump, but many young people are.

Otherwise known as Gazzy Garcia, the 20-year-old South Florida musician began his career releasing tracks on the SoundCloud platform, where he garnered 70 million streams.

That led to his hit “Gucci Gang,” which has been viewed on YouTube more than one billion times.

Pump collaborated with Kanye West on “I Love It,” which landed at #3 on the UK singles charts.

In addition to West, the artist’s second studio outing features big names such as 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.

The record debuted at #7 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

As reported by The Sun, Lil Pump’s 2018-inked record deal was worth a whopping $8 million.

And why should you care?

Well, the guy has just endorsed Donald J. Trump.

On Instagram, LP offered the following to his 17.3 million followers (Language Warning):

I’ve cleaned it up a little:

“[T]rump 2020, b—–! [What the heck do] I look like paying an extra 33 in taxes from Biden, b—-a– n—a? [Forget] sleepy Joe, n—-! Trump 2020, b—-!”

Who’d have thought that guy with that look and that language in that industry would be publicly endorsing the Republican candidate?

If you ask me, the spectacle serves as a sign of the times: For decades on television and in film, Democrats colored GOP enthusiasts as caricatures. They were stiff, humorless men in suits.

Alex P. Keaton, anyone?

But increasingly, that narrative’s been broken in the public square.

Along the way, the President’s gotten a nod from the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, music and culture bigwig Kanye, and others — in contrast to the cartooned and corny depiction of old.

Add to that a migration of black voters so potent as to comprise #Blexit, which complements the broader #Walkaway movement.

The political stage has changed, and so have the participants.

Obviously, conservatives were never the silly straight-laced structures as previously portrayed; but the face of those outwardly endorsing Red over Blue has truly evolved.

Of course, Lil Pump serves merely anecdotally — he may change his mind tomorrow — but I believe it’s a freeze-framed portrait of our national motion.

Other indications are among us.

As I covered Sunday, hip hop icon Ice Cube — though not revealing for whom he’ll vote — recently met with the Commander-in-Chief for a three hour meeting over the plight of the nation’s black citizenry.

That may have come as a fair bit more shocking four years ago.

Politics — a convergence of morality and legislation — should be an open forum of all types varying in the way they vote. And, it seems to me, we’re progressively seeing such a thing.

And we’re better for it.

I hope it continues.

Back to Lil Pump, he even photoshopped an image of him and the Prez:

 

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THE DAY I MET TRUMP 🏝 #trump202022020

A post shared by Lil Pump Jetski (@lilpump) on

Given all the above, what will transpire on November 3rd?

Are a winning number of Americans in the tank for Trump? It’s hard to say, but fuel to that end just got a Lil Pump.

-ALEX

 

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