Atlanta rapper T.I. said he won't vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, then quickly backtracked after an onslaught of negative comments. In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid, T.I. said a woman shouldn't run the United States because they are too emotional and rash.
“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But, the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. […] [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before [a woman]. It’s not right, but I’m just saying…”
Clinton was scheduled to appear in the first Democratic presidential debate of the primary Tuesday night in Las Vegas against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Also expected in Las Vegas were Democratic candidates former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Clinton wants to become the first woman president of the U.S.
T.I. praised business mogul Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, because he is “sincerely concerned about the economy.” But T.I. said Trump shouldn't be president after he ranted about Mexican immigrants committing crimes. “You know, his racist remarks and all of his off-color statements and all that sh– it makes it impossible to be completely supportive of him. But just knowing what he’s done for business for himself, if he intends to do that for America, it would be beneficial. But I can’t cash no vote for him," he said, according to Entertainment Weekly.
T.I. eventually apologized for his remarks, but not before upsetting many Twitter users and Clinton fans. He wrote, "My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended."
My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.
— T.I. (@Tip) October 13, 2015
T.I., a convicted felon, said he won't vote for a woman president because "women make rash decisions emotionally" http://t.co/2xkcAS7ON3
— Amber Ferguson (@Ms_AmberDawn) October 13, 2015
@Tip "let me write this fake apology so people leave me alone".....
— Mark Culbreth (@SuperfanMark) October 13, 2015
Idk dismissing TI's opinions just because he's a rapper doesn't seem right. We can just dismiss them cause they're bad.
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) October 13, 2015
Some people also defended the rapper.
@Tip ur just speakin a realistic truth
— Shon (@LL_COOL_SHON) October 13, 2015
.@Tip Apology accepted (for them). All a man can basically do is apologize, right?
— Jay Love (@JayBirdOne) October 13, 2015
@Tip don't apologize. Folks too sensitive as it is.
— Rickey G (@Rickeygbeats) October 13, 2015