Eric Trump posted a doctored image of Ice Cube that purported to show him wearing a Trump 2020 hat, days after Ice Cube said he wasn't endorsing Trump.
Trump deleted his tweet, which included a picture of Ice Cube with rapper 50 Cent (who did endorse President Donald Trump on Monday), after Ice Cube responded in a tweet.
Ice Cube faced criticism for advising the Trump administration on their "Promise to Black America," but said in an October 15 tweet that he had not endorsed anybody for president.
Eric Trump posted a doctored image that showed Ice Cube wearing a Trump hat, and now the rapper has responded.
Tuesday's tweet, which the younger Trump deleted after Ice Cube criticized it, appeared to show Ice Cube and 50 Cent wearing Trump 2020 hats. "Two great, courageous, Americans," Trump wrote.
Twitter flagged the tweet as "manipulated media" and a viral tweet from Buzzfeed's Craig Silverman showed the doctored image juxtaposed with the original version, which Ice Cube tweeted in July for 50 Cent's birthday. Neither was actually wearing a Trump hat.
—Craig Silverman (@CraigSilverman) October 20, 2020
The original image was taken on August 26, 2017, at a Big3 basketball game in Las Vegas. Getty Images photos from that evening show the two men sitting together on the sidelines. Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, wore a Big3 hat for the three-on-three basketball league he founded, while 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, wore a New York Yankees hat.
A reverse image search of the doctored image yielded no results, and its origins are unclear.
In response to Trump's tweet, Ice Cube tweeted, "N---- please." Trump then deleted the tweet.
The doctored image came just days after Ice Cube said he had not endorsed any candidate for the presidential election. "I haven't endorsed anybody," he said in an October 15 tweet.
50 Cent, however, did endorse President Trump on Monday.
Ice Cube has faced criticism for working with the Trump administration on the "Promise to Black America," also dubbed the "Platinum Plan," but hasn't endorsed Trump as a candidate, saying in a tweet that all politicians are "the same."
"They're all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can't afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change," he said in a tweet on October 14. "Our justice is bipartisan."
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