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Photo altered to show rappers in hats with message that supports Trump

October 20, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Photo shows rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent wearing hats that support President Donald Trump.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was altered to add a “Trump 2020” message to the hats.

THE FACTS: Social media users are circulating a manipulated photo showing two rappers wearing hats emblazoned with “Trump 2020.”

The president’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted the altered photo Tuesday.

“Two great, courageous Americans,” Trump tweeted, receiving more than 20,000 likes on the photo.

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In the original photo, both rappers are wearing baseball caps with sports logos. Ice Cube wears a hat that says “Big 3” and 50 Cent wears one with the New York Yankees logo. Ice Cube shared the original photo on his Twitter account on July 6 to send a birthday message to 50 Cent.

This is the start of a really bad week for the Democrats…,” one Twitter user said on a post with the altered photo that had more than 8,000 shares Monday.

Ice Cube has come under fire for appearing to work with the Trump administration on his “Contract with Black Americans.” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN that both the Trump campaign and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign reached out to him about his contract.

“One campaign said ‘we love what you have but let’s really dig into it after the election,’ and one campaign said we love what you have, ’do you mind talking to us about it and that’s what I did,” he said on CNN. “The Trump campaign came to me and asked me to explain to them some of the Contract with Black America.”

Ice Cube clarified that he has not endorsed either campaign.

“Whoever is in power I am going to work with,” he said on CNN.

On Monday, 50 Cent took to Instagram to say “Vote for Trump.”

The rappers had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.

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