The St. Louis rapper became a trending Twitter topic on Friday (Jan. 22) after seemingly sharing that Trump would be his presidential pick, but speaking with Billboard he clarified that this is not true and Trump will definitely not be getting his vote.
Politics vs society. People should innerstand that politics is a business jus like the job you work at. I vote for @realDonaldTrump “YEP” 3
— ChingyJackpot (@ChingyJackpot) January 22, 2016
Chingy said his comment came as a thought in relation to a news article he had been reading about Trump, where the business magnate said he intended to keep terrorism out of the United States and keep Medicare benefits for Americans — two stances he agrees with in principal.
“I saw that as being some good things,” he said. “Of course we want to keep terrorism out of the country.”
But after posting the tweet, Chingy’s words spread fast online, gaining a massive response on Twitter and causing some news outlets to call this an “endorsement” for Trump. The backlash was real, with many online criticizing Chingy’s stance in relation to Trump’s questionable stances towards many minority groups. Change’s defense: He simply didn’t know any of this.
“I didn’t know about some of the negative things I he had to say about some of the races out here and about the hip-hop community. I didn’t know a lot of the negative things, I was kind of commenting off reading that article and reading some of the good things that he said, so that’s kind of where my comments came from.”
He continued, “Every now and then I see some of it on TV. I’m not familiar with exactly how it’s going down. And that’s another reason why I didn’t know a lot of the negative things he said. Like a lot of people comparing him to Hilter and stuff and a lot of those things, I didn’t know these things. So when I seen the good he said, I was like, Oh that’s cool that Donald Trump be trying to do that.”
But Chingy didn’t back down from his comments entirely.
“I think everybody would agree that we want somebody who’s business savvy to run this country, seeing as this country is in an $18 trillion debt,” he said. “So somebody has to have the mind frame to know how to lift us out of this. So when I say I wanted a business person who knows business, who’s business intelligent, and of course we all know Donald Trump from being a successful businessman. But in no way do I endorse him.”
Chingy credited and thanked his fans for bringing some of this information about Trump to his attention and said he may follow the presidential election a little more closely now.
“I might follow it a little more,” he said, “just stay up on it a little more, just to check it out and see what it is I do need to know versus what I don’t know.”
Chingy also posted this video following, further explaining himself: