In a weird way, Lil Wayne is the ideal of Republican manhood. He's a self-made businessman worth millions. He loves capitalistic excess. He hates taxes so much sometimes he forget to pay them. He clearly believes in the right to bear arms. Yet President Carter has little love for the GOP and says that much of the Tea Party's criticism of President Barack Obama is rooted in racial unease.
"You learn from what the right wing is doing and you take something from it," Wayne tells Vibe in an interview hitting stands next month. "I feel like as a people, the most that we can do is better ourselves and learn. Then look at yourself and ask, Am I the person they're talking about or am I not? You have to make the most of who you are because the Republicans are never going to like us."
Wayne added that the right wing's at-times blatant disrespect of the Oval Office has more to do with Obama's racial makeup than his policies. He admits that while he understands the criticism over the president's handling of the economy, he says some of the talk has gone beyond politics. "I don't think I have to say that for everybody to know that," Wayne says.
Then again, maybe it's not surprising for the man who once proclaimed himself "the hip-hop socialist."