- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Curtis Jackson, the rap artist and actor better known as 50 Cent, said Tuesday he was offered a million dollars to attend President Trump’s inauguration in 2017 but ultimately decided against it.

Appearing on “The Breakfast Club” radio show, the Grammy-winning rapper provided new details about the apparent proposal. He spoke about it previously but had said he was offered half as much money.

He repeated on the show that he was initially offered $500,000 to make an appearance at Mr. Trump’s inauguration, but he added that sum doubled while he was “confused” and considering what to do.

Mr. Jackson, 45, said he believed Mr. Trump was “needing” his involvement in order gain to support among Black voters and compared it to other rappers recently aligning themselves with the president.

“And I’m going, nah, I ain’t going to put myself in that position. Because I didn’t know what I was had to do to recover from it, right?” Mr. Jackson said. “I’m looking, going, nah, I’ll pass.”

Indeed, Mr. Jackson faced significant blowback when he spoke out last month against the proposed tax plan announced by Joseph R. Biden, Mr. Trump’s rival and the projected Democratic president-elect.

Days after slamming Mr. Biden on social media and urging people to vote for the Republican incumbent, he effectively reversed course on Twitter, tweeting: “Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him.”

More recently, he mentioned the apparent million-dollar proposal in an excerpt published on the website for entertainment show Extra on the eve of the radio interview where he discussed it further.

Asked if he ever actually supported Mr. Trump, the entertainer said, according to “Extra”: “I turned down a million dollars to go to the inauguration [in 2017] — why would I just switch gears now?”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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