Ice Cube: ‘I Will Never Endorse a Mothaf—a Like Donald Trump! Ever!’
Ice Cube Not Amused After Trump Camp Claims Endorsement
It is possible to call out the problems with Hillary Clinton’s past and present without that translating into an endorsement of Donald Trump.
When rapper Ice Cube was interviewed about the 2016 election, he made comments that were mistaken for an endorsement of Donald Trump and critical of Hillary Clinton. This was taken by some to mean that Ice Cube was endorsing Donald Trump.
— Trump News Global (@tfgnews) August 27, 2016
After this relatively viral Tweet reached the rapper, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, he responded with a series of tweets that left no doubt where he stands regarding Trump:
I will never endorse a mothafucka like Donald Trump! EVER!!! — Ice Cube (@icecube) August 27, 2016
Stealing endorsements is not how you become the president of the United States, homie. Leave my name out ya mouth… pic.twitter.com/31hEnMKbbz
— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 28, 2016
This is a critical mistake that is made on both sides of the political debate in 2016. It is possible to call out the problems with Hillary Clinton’s past and present without that translating into an endorsement of Donald Trump. Likewise, it is possible to call out the insanity of Donald Trump without that equating to an endorsement of Hillary Clinton– or as I put it:
Calling Trump on his bullshit ≠ supporting HRC Calling Hillary on her bullshit ≠ supporting Trump Just means I’m calling it like I see it — Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) July 19, 2016
However, it would seem that many believe that any criticism of their candidate is equivalent to supporting their opponent. In this case, a Trump supporter mistook Cube’s ostensibly positive comments about Trump to equal support for Trump. I say “ostensibly” because another reading of Ice Cube’s comments could, in fact, be a critique of Americans and the fact that we would look up to someone like Trump. In fact, Ice Cube’s demeanor could have easily meant that he viewed this perception of America’s fascination with rich “bosses” is a bad thing.
But this is the world in which we live. Nuance and analysis have lost their places in political discourse and everything has been reduced to the lowest common denominator. And in this case, that reductionism led to an assumption about a man of whom you do not want to make an assumption. And when people misinterpret your statement or are too obtuse to understand the context you wanted to communicate, perhaps the best response is one that cannot be mistaken: I will never endorse a mothafucka like Trump! Ever!!