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Yesterday was 4/20, the unofficial national holiday celebrating marijuana. Generally, Presidential candidates try to avoid referencing 4/20 unless they have a comprehensive policy regarding pot legalization and/or the relevance of 1990s jam band Sublime. Few take the opportunity to unveil their Presidential campaign on 4/20. Until now.
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame, better known as “Waka Flocka,” yesterday announced that he will seek the office of the Presidency in 2016, and marijuana legislation will be among his top priorities.
Waka Flocka Flame took time out of his favorite holiday (4/20) to make a special announcement Monday. Via Rolling Stone, the Queens-born “No Hands” rapper announced he’s making good on his 2012 tweet: “I’m dead a– running for president in 2016.”
In his campaign video, Flame discusses early initiatives like the legalization of marijuana (“The president gotta have a big, fat old blunt”), banning dogs from restaurants (“I don’t want to see no f—ing animal in the restaurant ever again”), and barring people with big feet from walking in public (“They gotta take trains, cabs, and buses”)—oh, and plan on learning all his lyrics at a young age. If there’s any justice in this world, this campaign will continue until election day 2016.
Unfortunately for Waka Flocka, having been born in 1986, he is ineligible to run for President until at least 2024. Unfortunately for Republicans, that means they’re missing out on a very good opportunity for youth outreach. Because, and this may shock you, Waka Flocka is a Republican. At least ostensibly. According to Georgia Tipsheet, Waka Flocka was an instrumental part of Republican David Perdue’s Senate campaign just last year and even attended Perdue’s victory party. Here he is with a friend of mine:
He endorsed Perdue in opposition to fellow Atlanta rapper Lil’ Jon, who Tweeted regularly in support of failed Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn. As Nunn’s loss was key to the Republicans taking over the Senate, I believe Waka Flocka can comfortably claim responsibility for a very big GOP win.
No word on whether this has sparked interest among other rappers at holding public office. Time will tell.