An African American celebrity wants the president to stay another four years in the Oval Office because he addressed structural issues in the criminal justice system.
Rapper Dwayne Carter Jr., better known as “Lil Wayne,” fully supports President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign because his first term brought positive criminal justice reform.
“What he has done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” Wayne said on Twitter.
The remarks came after he met with the president and discussed the matter face-to-face. The rapper revealed he was pleased to discover the president heard his concerns and will take appropriate regulatory action.
“Just had a great meeting with Donald Trump, president of the United States,” Wayne said. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will, and can, get it done.”
The Trump administration championed the First Step Act, which received bipartisan support and was legislated back in 2018.
The law eliminated the so-called three strikes life sentencing provision for some offenses and gave judges greater discretion in sentencing nonviolent crimes.
The president allocated $400 million from the Oval Office budget to improve access to First Step Act programs, which help former inmates find paid work and reduce the chance of them reoffending to survive. He also launched the Ready to Work Initiative to help connect employers directly with former prisoners.
“America wins when citizens with a criminal record can contribute to their communities as law-abiding members of our society,” the president said in an earlier statement. “When former inmates come home, the single-most-important action we can take is to help them find a really, really good job, where they love the job, they want to go there.”
He recalled hearing from one participating employer that enjoyed positive results from the program.
“One man told me some of the best people that work for him now came out of prison,” the president said. “These are people that a few years ago, they—he would not have given a chance—and now he considers them among his best people … so when we say ‘hire American,’ we mean all Americans.”
Curtis Jackson previously declared to his 26 million social media followers that he is voting for President Trump at the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
The rapper—also known as “50 Cent”—made the decision shortly after reviewing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tax plan, which would tax hardworking Californians up to 62.6 percent of their total earnings if they earned more than $400,000 annually.
Under a Biden administration, high earners in New York City would pay 62 percent tax, New Jerseyites 60 percent, and New York state residents 58 percent, according to a screenshot he shared on Instagram.
“Sixty-two percent [tax rates] are you out of ‘ya [expletive] mind?” he commented on the screenshot. “What the [expletive]! Vote for Trump, I am out, [expletive] New York the Knicks [basketball team] never win anyway.”