American rapper 50 Cent endorsed President Trump for the 2020 election earlier this week after seeing how Joe Biden’s tax plan would affect him.
He posted a picture to Twitter of a CNBC graphic showing that people earning over $400,000 could be paying over 62% in taxes in some states if Biden were elected this November.
“WHAT THE F***!” 50 Cent wrote (his real name is Curtis Jackson).
“(VOTE ForTRUMP),” he continued, “IM OUT, F*** NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f****** mind.”
50 Cent is an award-winning rapper, having sold 30 million albums worldwide after being discovered by Eminem in 2002. At one time he was the second wealthiest rapper in the industry, but in 2015 he filed for bankruptcy with a debt of over $32 million. A judge placed him on a five-year plan to pay back $23 million, which he accomplished in 2017 with the help of a legal malpractice lawsuit.
In 2008, 50 Cent announced his support for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
In a follow-up Tweet, this time highlighting a segment of Fox News, 50 Cent wrote, “Yeah, i don’t want to be 20cent. 62% is a very, very bad idea. i don’t like it !”
A study from the Tax Foundation found that under Biden’s tax plan, marginal tax rates in three states would exceed 60%. “These combined rates would be the highest since the Tax Reform Act of 1986,” wrote the study’s author, Jared Walczak, “which reduced the top marginal individual income tax rate from 50 to 28 percent over two years, and the all-in federal rates would be the highest since 1981.”
50 Cent has received pushback for his controversial endorsement, with many responding in anger that a wealthy celebrity wouldn’t be willing to pay more in taxes:
50 Cent isn’t the only celebrity who has recently faced the ire of fans for “unpopular” political convictions. Ice Cube and Chris Pratt have been in the news this week as fans have turned on them for their political associations.
Ice Cube has been advising the President on the administration’s Platinum Plan after Trump reached out to Ice Cube in regards to the rapper’s Contract With Black America. He has told the media that the Biden campaign reached out to him as well, but only the Trump administration was willing to sit down and work with him prior to the election.
Ice Cube has stated that he doesn’t trust either candidate, but that he wants to work with whoever is willing: “I’m going to whoever’s in power,” Ice Cube said, “and I’m going to speak to them about our problems.”
Chris Pratt has been trending on Twitter this week after fans realized he professes Christianity and has more conservative political viewpoints. Co-stars from the Marvel franchise have come to his defense, including Mark Ruffalo, saying that Pratt “is as solid a man there is”, and Robert Downey, Jr. offered this heartfelt expression of support: