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50 Cent: Trump campaign offered me $500K to help him become president

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Both 50 Cent and Donald Trump have had vodka lines — but that’s where the similarities stop. According to the rapper, political differences prevented him from accepting half a million dollars to help Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Before he got elected, they were having issues with the African American vote,” 50 Cent told radio station Hot 97 in a recent interview the station shared online Tuesday. “They wanted to pay me $500,000 as part of the campaign to just make an appearance.” (A rep for the White House referred EW to the Trump campaign, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the rapper’s claim.)

The Power actor, real name Curtis Jackson, shared that he met Trump before the campaign and explained why he passed on the alleged offer. “I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not good money. Nah, I’m not going to do that,’” he said. “That’s not worth it!”

Elaborating on his views of Trump, 50 Cent said, “His presidency is an accident. If you were a president by accident, you might do some of the things Donald Trump is doing… I think he was [campaigning] to build his profile for a bigger deal on television, and everything else.”

When asked if Trump was “playing to the crowd” with his policy views, 50 Cent replied, “I think this is him.”

50 Cent also discussed the likelihood of Trump’s presidency being explored on his new BET variety show, 50 Central. “It’s so current that you’ll probably see something,” he explained.

Watch 50 Cent’s interview above. His comments about Trump begin at the 34:20 mark.