Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, appeared on a ‘Fox & Friends’ segment about the “Road to 2020,” and discussed ways the Republican Party has the best interests of African Americans. During the discussion, Jones claimed late rapper Nipsey Hussle would support Donald Trump’s efforts to connect with the black community because of the president’s past as a businessman.
Jones shared that he is a former 2008 Obama supporter-turned-Republican-turned libertarian and said he wants Trump to reach out to black celebrities before the next election in 2020.
One of several rappers Jones mentioned would help Trump talk to black voters about “financial literacy,” was Nipsey Hussle. Despite the fact Nipsey was featured in YG’s 2016 “F**k Donald Trump” song, Jones said Nipsey would have wanted the businessman in Trump to lead his campaign because Nipsey was a businessman and could identify.
“Donald Trump has a great opportunity he’s been around black folks for a long time when it comes to the people that we consider culture icons and I think that it’s time for the president to have a conversation. If Nipsey Hussle were still alive, I would say ‘President, talk to Nipsey,’ because he’s the one that’s talked about financial literacy,” Jones said.
Jones expressed black voters’ desire to see “Trump the businessman” on the campaign trail after falling too deep into the political side of things since becoming president. He said, “I don’t think the black community wants the president, the politician, I think more black folks want Donald Trump the businessman, I think that’s the person they admire. And I think once the president got elected, he went more into the typical Republican.”
He continued, “If the president were to sit down with someone like Ice Cube, T.I. or Jay-Z and talk about the finances and the real issues that affect black America, I think you could see a change in the electorate.” But after Fox News host Laura Ingraham was labeled a “vile, despicable, poor excuse” for a human after mocking the shooting death of Nipsey Hussle just a week before, Jones’ hopes are highly unlikely.
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