Joe Rogan Explains Rappers' Shift Toward Trump Support

Joe Rogan discusses unexpected political shifts in hip-hop

by Zain ul Abedin
Joe Rogan Explains Rappers' Shift Toward Trump Support
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Joe Rogan has recently discussed the surprising surge in support for Donald Trump among rappers on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. During a June 5 episode, Rogan and comedian Tony Hinchcliffe spoke about Trump's recent conviction in his hush money trial, suggesting that this legal adversity might resonate with a demographic that often voices grievances against systemic injustice in their music.

Rogan's comments come in the wake of Trump's conviction on May 30 for 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records, aimed at concealing a payment made to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels about an alleged s-xual encounter with Trump before the 2016 election.

Despite his conviction, Trump has maintained his innocence, dismissing the charges as politically motivated to thwart his potential return to the White House. He has labeled the trial "a disgrace" and the result of a "rigged" process by a "corrupt judge."

Rappers Rally for Trump

On his podcast, Rogan pointed out the irony in Trump's situation, which mirrors themes commonly found in rap music about being unfairly targeted by an oppressive system.

"So many rappers are showing support for Trump now, it's crazy," Rogan observed, linking the former president's legal battles with broader themes of systemic entrapment frequently explored in hip-hop. Hinchcliffe added, "I don't think they were counting on the Black voter being like, 'Hey, they just [messed] that guy.

That's what they do to us.' " Trump's relationship with high-profile rappers isn't new. During his presidency, he pardoned several artists like Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, which might also contribute to his current support within the community.

At a recent event in South Carolina, Trump reflected on his numerous indictments, suggesting they were acts of "election interference" and expressing solidarity with African Americans, whom he said have experienced similar discrimination.

This wave of support from the rap community marks a significant shift, as some artists like YG, who previously criticized Trump, begin to view his actions and their consequences in a new light. The Paycheck Protection Program, initiated during Trump's administration, has been cited by some as a turning point for their support, bridging previous skepticism.