In a conversation with The Washington Post Live, the Black Eyed Peas singer took issue with Trump’s claim that he has done more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.
The Post‘s Robin Givhan asked will.i.am whether he felt that Trump was drawing the support of young African American and Latino men.
“Most of the people that I see hopping the bandwagon, it is tax based. …It’s about money. It’s not about decency. It’s not about preparation for tomorrow,” he said. “That is what I see. And they are believing the lies and the shenanigans and his empty promises and his tall claims of how great he is. And comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. ‘He’s the greatest president to the Black community since Abraham Lincoln because Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.’ And his connection with freeing prisoners means that he sees the Black community still as slaves and now free. Get out of here with that bro. No. No. No. You have no idea how great the Black community is to compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln. This is a different Black community now. You are not freeing us. What are you talking about? That’s an insult.”