Famous rapper Lil Wayne publicly issued a thank you to former President Donald Trump after he granted him clemency during the final hours of his administration.
The rap artist posted a tweet on Thursday, signing it as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., thanking him for giving him “another chance” at life.
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“I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!” the rapper tweeted to his 35 million followers.
I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!
– Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 21, 2021
Lil Wayne was charged with “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” in November 2020. He was not charged with ever brandishing the weapon or posing as a dangerous threat. The White House said upon the announcement of the rapper’s pardon:
President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as “Lil Wayne.” Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago. Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr. Carter, describes him as “trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.” Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks. Deion Sanders, who also wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”
Well, that’s certainly something, isn’t it? I’m honestly not sure what to make of these kind of pardons. I mean, I guess that’s one way to try reaching the culture.
Regardless, the one thing I can say is that I’m going to miss former President Trump and his ability to stand up and defend the voices of regular Americans.