Donald Trump Pardons Lil Wayne

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With just hours to go before his official exit from the White House, Donald Trump has announced a long list of pardons. Among them: rapper and friend Lil Wayne.

Tha Carter V rapper recently pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge stemming from a 2019 incident in which he was found with a firearm on his private jet. Thanks to Trump’s pardon, Wayne no longer faces the threat of a 10-year prison sentence.

Trump and Lil Wayne’s courtship traces back to October, when the two met up and posed for a photo-op. The hip-hop artist then publicly endorsed the Orange Man in Chief, praising him for his supposed progress with criminal reform initiatives.

“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” Lil Wayne wrote on Twitter. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

Meant to engage Black voters, Trump’s “Platinum Plan” promised things like better policing standards and more economic opportunities, but skimped on the actual specifics and hard numbers. Most policy experts also agree that the Trump Administration has worsened America’s racial divide over the last four years.

Elsewhere on Trump’s pardons list was Kodak Black, a rapper who had been serving 46 months for forging paperwork to obtain a firearm. He’d also had a weapons charge under his belt and was under indictment in South Carolina on criminal sexual conduct charges.

Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020

January 20, 2021
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