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Rakim Issues Statement After Viral Tweet Appeared To Endorse Donald Trump


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After trending on Twitter from what appeared to be a tweet that was endorsing candidate Donald Trump as president of the United States, the Twitter account and a representative for Rakim have spoken about the issue.

“Rakim has no connection with, interest in nor makes contributions to ANY social media accounts with the exception of his verified Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rakimallah/) and a rarely used Twitter account (https://twitter.com/rakimgodmc) nor do any speak for him,” Rakim’s manager, Matthew Kemp, told OkayPlayer. “He prefers to communicate through his music.”

The original tweet was posted on Saturday night, reading “Hillary ain’t speaking the truth. Trump is a business man. What America needs is @ERICB in the Presidential Cabinet as the Secretary of…..,” with a photo attached that read “The Hood For Trump – Pence – Make America Great Again.”

“Eric B and Rakim” was trending on Sunday as a result of the tweet, which has since been deleted. On Sunday afternoon, the account tweeted, “We’ve taken back command of our Twitter. Thanks for your help @Twitter @Support.”

“After all these years how could there be any doubt who gets our vote? Eric B and Rakim only vote for one person, every four years, same vote,” it added. “I like the direction this is taking but ensure your vote is cast for Eric B. When you get in the booth remember. Eric B and Rakim 2017.”

Hours later, the account tweeted “Keeping it 100. Not endorsing Trump. We are with her. @HillaryClinton, the next @POTUS. Hope that’s clear enough. Deal with it”.

Later on Sunday, Eric B’s Twitter account @EricB posted, “Hilary Clinton. And I will vote for her twice on Sundays. She has more experience than her husband and Barack when they came into office.”

William Ketchum III

is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, film/TV, race, culture and social justice. He is an editor at Okayplayer, and his work has appeared in Complex, Billboard, Guardian, NPR, MTV, Ebony, HipHopDX, The Flint Journal-MLive, and other publications.

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