In a tweet on Saturday, the rapper appeared to change his stance, saying, “Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him.” His tweet came after a segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where the host was interviewing his ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.
Fallon went on to ask the comedian about the 45-year-old’s comments on Trump.
“He doesn’t want to pay 62% of taxes because he doesn’t want to go from 50 Cent to 20 Cent. I had to remind him that he was a Black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump, and that he shouldn’t be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he’s worried about his own personal pocketbook,” Handler said.
The rapper shared the video of the interview and commented, “a what, ????another spin ????Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him. ????for all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed but that’s history. LOL.”
????a what, ????another spin ????Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him. ????for all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed but that’s history. LOL @chelseahandler
— 50cent (@50cent) October 25, 2020
It’s unclear what 50 Cent’s intentions were including the Scarface reference, however, he and Handler went back and forth on Twitter.
“Oh my God this is effecting my love life now. @chelseahandler I love ya Gator, don’t let Trump and Joe Biden come between us girl,” he wrote in response to a tweet from Handler saying he “used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend.”
Handler offered to pay his taxes for him and made other jokes about what she would do to make sure he voted against Trump.
This offer stands until November 3rd, Curtis. https://t.co/MVjrLmUFXJ
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 23, 2020
"I am willing to, you know, seal the deal in more ways than one if he changes his mind and publicly denounces Donald Trump. I might be willing to go for another spin, if you know what I'm talking about," she said.
The rapper made headlines last week when he said he was voting for Trump because he was worried about his taxes rising under an administration led by Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden.
He complained that if he stayed in New York, his overall tax rate would skyrocket, leading him to profess his desire for Trump to stay in the White House. Trump slashed taxes for the wealthy in 2017 with his “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” according to The Balance.
Due to the tax cut, for the first time in American history, the richest 400 families in the country paid an average effective tax rate of 23%, nearly 1% less than the rate the entire bottom half of American households paid, according to a book from the University of California at Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.
Original (October 20, 2020): A number of rappers have come out in support of President Donald Trump in recent months and 50 Cent added his name to the list on Monday, writing on Instagram that he was backing the president's reelection campaign.
"WHAT THE FUCK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, ????♂️????FUCK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. ????????♂️I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya fucking mind," 50 Cent said on Instagram next to an out-of-context photo of potential total tax rates that are being proposed by presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The chart 50 Cent shared is from a graphic from CNBC showing the combined tax rate for people who earn more than $400,000 each year. For New Yorkers who bring in more than $400,000 annually, the combined local, state and federal tax rate would be 58% and the number bumps up to 62% if you live in New York City.
But the chart does little to explain that under the Trump administration, wealthy Americans have made trillions more than the bottom half of America, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Washington Post.
Since the middle of March, the collective wealth of America's billionaires grew by $850 billion, even as 62 million people lost their jobs and another 25 million have been forced to collect unemployment, according to Department of Labor figures.
50 Cent is one of the richest rappers on the planet, with an estimated net worth of about $30 million. It is unclear if the rapper can actually vote, with Heavy.com reporting that due to his past felony convictions, he was not able to vote for former President George W. Bush, who he also supported.
50 Cent has made fun of Trump in recent days for his antics but is actually a long time friend of the president.
"I'm in many, many rappers' songs. And I know them. 50 Cent is sort of a friend of mine. I mean, he likes me. He just did a show. It was a copy of 'The Apprentice.' It will fail because he's not Trump, but he's actually a nice guy," Trump said in 2008 during an interview on NY1, according to Gothamist.
Despite Trump's longstanding ties to white supremacist groups, public support for police brutality and frequent offensive comments about Black people, 50 Cent is one of many rappers or hip-hop producers who have backed the president or his policies since he took office.
Last month at a Trump rally, the president touted his support from longtime producer PolowDaDon, hilariously struggling to read his name off the teleprompter.
— 3eyedRavenSymone (@MemPhoenix85) September 25, 2020
In recent days, Trump has also publicized alleged support from Ice Cube, which the rap legend later denied. Less than three weeks before the election, Ice Cube met with the president's team to lay out his "Contract With Black America" plan, some of which has now been incorporated into Trump's "Platinum Plan" for Black people.
T.I., who has his own fraught history with politics, came out in defense of Ice Cube's decision to work with Trump on Monday, telling a radio show that Ice Cube deserves "the credit of his credibility."