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It looks like Lil Wayne’s photo-op with Trump may have paid off

words by: Kai Acevedo
Jan 24, 2021

Donald Trump may not have been able to avoid impeachment for a second time, but it seems like he’s been able to help Lil Wayne avoid his second prison stint.

 

Trump’s final to-do list as acting president of the United States reportedly included handing out pardons and commuting sentences for the likes of Lil Wayne and at least 140 others. Boxing legend Jack Johnson and Susan B. Anthony, the acclaimed women’s rights activist, have in the past also received presidential pardons from the 45th president.

 

Wayne’s most recent legal troubles stem from an arrest in 2019. The five-time Grammy Award-winning superstar was caught with a loaded golden gun in Miami while on a private jet. He was eventually charged on the count of possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. In December of last year, Wayne, who faced up to ten years in prison, entered a guilty plea.

 

The announcement of Wayne’s presidential pardon comes months after the I Am Not a Human Being artist received backlash for his public support of President Trump. Although Wayne never officially endorsed Trump or advocated for his reelection, he did praise the former reality star’s approach to criminal justice reform, as well as the Trump Administration’s two-page Platinum Plan.

 

 

“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” tweeted the “Mrs. Officer” rapper after his October photo-op with Trump. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

 

While Donald Trump makes history as the first president to be impeached twice, it seems like he won’t be the first president to pardon himself. Rumor has it, Trump considered pardoning himself, as well as his cohorts and henchmen such as former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani.