Actor and former member of the rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube, is doing his part to be politically active this election season and many are not too happy about it.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign announced the rapper-turned-actor collaborated on Trump’s promise to Black Americans, dubbed the Platinum Plan. The proposal includes prosecuting the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, making Juneteenth a federal holiday and a nearly $500 billion initiative to encourage Black economic prosperity.
Trump campaign senior adviser, Katrina Pierson, thanked Ice Cube on Twitter, writing, “Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!” ending it with the medium-brown raised fist emoji. The tweet included a short video of the rapper smiling with the caption “today was a good day,” in reference to his 90’s hit song.
Pierson’s tweet made the rounds and before long, many criticized Ice Cube for working with Trump on the plan. One critic, author Roxane Gay, shared her disappointment of Ice Cube’s actions, questioning how much he was being paid and added, “How… does the guy from NWA become MAGA?”
Despite the backlash, Ice Cube defended his decision to work with the Trump administration.
“Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
The CWBA, which stands for his “Contract With Black America”, addresses racial inequality and outlines a list of demands for judicial, financial, and constitutional reforms, among others.
Ice Cube went on to explain that Black progress is a bipartisan issue and through his collaboration, he sought to fulfill a bigger purpose.
“Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan,” Ice Cube said.