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J. Cole Reveals He Did Not Vote in 2016 Presidential Election - Find Out Why

J. Cole Reveals He Did Not Vote in 2016 Presidential Election - Find Out Why

J. Cole is opening up about why he chose not to vote in the 2016 presidential election, which led to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

The 33-year-old KOD rapper opened up in an interview with Billboard.

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“No, I didn’t,” he said when asked whether he voted in 2016.

“Because Hillary Clinton wasn’t somebody that was motivating me to go vote. If it was Bernie Sanders, I would’ve showed up and voted. I would’ve been the first one in line, no bullshit. No disrespect to Hillary.”

He also revealed that, despite his enthusiasm for the candidate, he did not campaign for him: “Because I don’t care to lend my voice for a politician at the end of the day,” he explained.

“I hate to be a person who’s even promoting that I didn’t vote. Actually, with Trump in office, I love that America gets to see the truth. If Hillary Clinton was in office, it would be the most f–king disingenuous s–t because everybody would be thinking that everything’s cool because we got an incredibly qualified female president. Which would’ve been amazing on so many levels. But all the s–t we see right now would’ve still existed; it would’ve just been quiet. And I prefer this s–t to be out loud. I prefer an honest America. I prefer the world seeing that, yes, we’re a country that is dumb enough — no disrespect — [that] we got duped into electing Donald Trump.”

For more from J. Cole, head to Billboard.com.

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  • HG

    What bothers me so much about people not voting is that voting isn’t just about voting for the president (which is extremely important as we have seen). But voting also means voting in your local and district elections. It means giving your voice to propositions and who you want to be your representatives, mayors, members on school boards, etc. The result of the smaller elections are significant and affect you as well. Everyone go out and vote in November!

  • teedofftaxpayer

    All offices are important. Maybe Hillary couldn’t motivate him to vote for her, but Trump surely should have motivated a sane person to vote against him.

  • plez

    So true. Change doesn’t just come from marching in the streets. J Cole will whine about police killing black young man but won’t take time to vote. Just so ignorant with how policies and laws on a local level are determined.

  • plez

    So true. Change doesn’t just come from marching in the streets. J Cole will whine about police killing black young man but won’t take time to vote. Just so ignorant with how policies and laws on a local level are determined.

  • cutitout

    people need to understand that voting is a civic duty, period. It should not need any “motivation” other than knowing that you are at the very least putting your citizenship to work in a way that matters for the common good. If he is not going to vote then i need him to stop talking about police brutality, prison reform and drugs in his music because he is from NC and his vote really would have counted for something.

    Also, sometimes you are not voting for someone or something as much as you are voting against something. Politicians are not always going to be exciting and good with words and speeches, etc, that’s when you have to do the workm and the research like an adult and concerned citizen.

  • USWeeklyHatesComments

    What a dipshit. PS… you could have voted for Bernie. It’s called a write-in.

  • dee

    i understand where he is coming from. i cant hate on his logic. i also dont like supporting politicians, but if i had the option of always being able to choose protest party, i would