50 Cent turned down $50,000 offer from the Trump campaign

50 Cent told reporters this week that he turned down an offer last year of $50,000 from the Trump campaign in exchange for publicly advocating for Donald Trump.
By Vicky Webb | Sep 29, 2017
50 Cent told reporters this week that he turned down an offer last year of $50,000 from the Trump campaign in exchange for publicly advocating for Donald Trump. The campaign wanted the rapper to help it connect with black voters, but 50 Cent said that he decided that the money was not worth it.
"Before he got elected, they were having issues with the African-American vote. They wanted to pay me $500,000 as part of the campaign just to make an appearance," said 50 Cent, whose legal name is Curtis James Jackson III, in a guest appearance on "Ebro in the Morning" on New York radio station Hot 97. "And I was like, 'Nah, that's not good money.'"
He was on the show primarily to promote his Starz series, "Power." But when the conversation turned to politics, he spoke candidly and told his hosts that he sees the 2016 election's outcome as an "accident." When they asked if he regretted not taking the money to campaign, he shook his head and said that it was "not worth it."
Trump got the public support of a scant few black celebrities, including former boxer Mike Tyson, retired NBA star Dennis Rodman, and football great Hershel Walker. Kanye West said post-election that he did not vote at all but that if he had, he would have voted for Trump.
But the Trump campaign failed to make any new inroads with black voters in general. Trump won 8% of the black vote in the election, which is low even by Republican standards. George W. Bush won 9% of black votes in 2000 and won 11% of them in 2004.

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