Rapper Accepts White House Meeting About Criminal Justice Reform. Then Jay-Z Calls Him And Tells Him NOT To Meet Trump.
On Friday, rapper Meek Mill was scheduled to visit the White House for their symposium on criminal justice reform. This particular topic has been embraced by President Trump, as well as top advisors including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump; the symposium included figures like far-left CNN commentator Van Jones. Mill, who has stumped for criminal justice reform, was apparently eager to help shape the discussion.
Then he got a call from fellow rapper Jay-Z. Jay-Z apparently told Mill that it would be “problematic for his image and for the cause” to meet with Trump, according to TMZ. Other rappers quickly phoned Mill to prevent him from going full Kanye West. Meek pulled out, and gave this statement to TMZ:
This, of course, is idiotic. Mill doesn’t have to like or respect Trump in order to push for his policy priorities; he doesn’t even have to pretend to do so. But to ignore a legislative opportunity that you have stumped for for years – including for years during the Obama administration – in order to avoid being in a picture with Trump is counterproductive in the extreme.
Jay-Z’s intervention shows, once again, that socially-enforced conformity has serious consequences. Prisoners who are waiting for criminal justice reform aren’t helped by rejecting Trump’s open hand on the issue.