Sarah May
September 4, 2023

Trump wins support of rap performers in wake of Georgia mugshot

Though Democrats in Fulton County, Georgia and elsewhere may have had high hopes for the damage a mugshot might do to former President Donald Trump's 2024 campaign, it now appears that the image has had an unintended effect among a surprising demographic group, namely, Black rappers, as the New York Post explains.

Since the photo of Trump's defiant jailhouse visage swept across the globe, the current GOP primary frontrunner has garnered a slew of unexpected endorsements from some of the best-known names in the rap world, to the certain irritation of the liberal left.

Badman boosts Trump

One of Trump's unlikely new supporters is Chicago rap artist Badman Kevo, who took a dramatic step in order to show his solidarity with the former president.

Taking to Instagram to demonstrate his commitment to the cause, the performer unveiled a leg tattoo of Trump's Fulton County mugshot.

“Make America rich Again or Sleepy Joe,” Badman Kevo captioned the post.

Speaking on the We in Miami podcast, the rapper lamented the high taxes he has had to pay under President Joe Biden and boasted of the leg ink, “Actually, this is my second Trump tattoo.”

Chief Keef, Benny the Butcher on board

Also making their support of Trump known to fans around the world were rappers Chief Keef and Benny the Butcher.

Chief Keef took to social media to declare the former president “good in da hood for sure” due to his newfound street cred, adding that “all da blacks finna have my boy back.”

Writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, Benny the Butcher succinctly informed his followers, “I'm votin Trump 2024.”

Gingrich weighs in

Commenting on the trend of rap personalities and others in the Black community coming to the support of Trump in the wake of his arrest and booking in Georgia was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who articulated what he believes is behind the phenomenon, as Fox News noted.

“The reason is simple: They fell that the police have harassed them. They're now watching the government harass Trump. They actually identify with what he's going through,” Gingrich said.

The former Republican leader added, “I think many people who may or may not like Trump's personality, but they look at this and they think, 'Here are my choices. I'm going to side with a totally corrupt administration or I'm going to side with the guy who has the guts to stand there and take the beating and keep coming.'”

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