‘You ungrateful motherf*****s’: Trump allies wanted A$AP Rocky to thank the president — but the rapper reportedly gave him the cold shoulder
On August 14, a panel of judges in Sweden announced that they had found 30-year-old rapper A$AP Rocky, guilty of assault but would not require any jail time. Rocky, who is back in the United States following his weeks of incarceration in Sweden, posted an online thank-you to all of his supporters. But he didn’t mention anyone in the White House — and some allies of President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are furious.
Those allies, according to Yahoo News, include Ohio-based pastor Darrell Scott and Kareem Lanier, co-chairman of the Urban Revitalization Coalition (a group that promotes Trump’s agenda in the black community). Trump doesn’t have a lot of African-American support, but Scott and Lanier have been outspoken Trump advocates — and after learning about Rocky’s legal problems in Sweden, they reached out to the president.
Rocky was arrested by Swedish police for assault following a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30; the New York City-born rapper said the man was harassing him and that he acted in self-defense, but on July 5, a Swedish court ruled that Rocky and two associates were a flight risk and needed to be detained during an investigation of the incident.
After learning about Rocky’s incarceration, Scott and Lanier reached out to the Trump White House as well as Swedish authorities — and Trump used Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to take a look at the case, the report said. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly got involved as well, as did rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.
Swedish attorney Slobodan Jovicic, who represented Rocky in Stockholm, said in an e-mail that Trump’s personal assurance that the rapper would not be a flight risk could be a “game changer” in the case.
Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Min… https://t.co/NbKHYs2QUX— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1563566507
Rocky was eventually released from jail in Stockholm and allowed to return to the U.S., but according to Scott and Lanier, Rocky’s team has failed to express gratitude to either of them or to the Trump White House for their efforts on the rapper’s behalf.
According to Yahoo News, one Rocky associate who Scott and Lanier have accused of ingratitude is attorney Damien Granderson — who Lanier has described as being “nonchalant” about Trump’s help. Lanier, who said he “snapped” at Granderson, told Yahoo News, “I was like, ‘Man, you ungrateful motherf***ers, you. I can’t believe you…. We didn’t ask you guys for nothing other than for you guys to be grateful.’”
Scott has alleged that Rocky has yet to thank the White House either publicly or privately.
“All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say ‘Thank you,’” Scott told Yahoo News. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it’ in private. Just in private.”
Lanier has alleged that Rocky and his team are afraid to thank Trump or Kushner because it’s “popular” to “bash President Trump” in the African-American community.
But some African-American politicians have argued that Trump was being self-serving by lobbying on Rocky’s behalf with the Swedish government. Rep. Andre Carson, for example, told TMZ in July that he considered Trump’s actions a cynical ploy to win black votes in the 2020 election — and that his actions on Rocky’s behalf didn’t erase the disrespect he showed four Democratic congressmen of color (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar) when he told them to go back to the places they originally came from.