- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 19, 2020

Former President Barack Obama said he thinks rap music played a part in President Trump’s popularity among Black male voters in the 2020 presidential election.

“It’s interesting — people are writing about the fact that Trump increased his support among Black men, and the occasional rapper who supported Trump,” Mr. Obama told The Atlantic in an interview Monday.

“I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it’s all about the bling, the women, the money,” he said. “A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture.”

Mr. Obama argued that America has “always” operated under a racial and economical caste system, where people are told “if you don’t have this stuff then you are somehow not worthy.”

“Then you start seeing ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,’ that sense that either you’ve got it or you’re a loser,” he said. “And Donald Trump epitomizes that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture.”

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