All across these United States, the same unlikely word echoes from one town to the next: Trump! Could the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles be so different? Did the billionaire presidential candidate’s name come up again and again on the red carpet this weekend?
No. But we conducted a short survey anyway about the man from artists on their way into the VMA’s, asking one simple question: “Trump 2016. What do you think?”
Ja Rule: “Trump is very entertaining. He speaks very openly and candidly about what he feels. I think it’s a breath of fresh air for everybody to hear it. It’s not always the politically correct thing, but I think that’s what people are enjoying about Trump being in the running…. Trump is crazy. He has always been an outspoken person. I’m not shocked by anything that comes out of his mouth at all. He’s like a rapper.”
T-Pain: “He’s got a hell of a PR person. He’s got money — allegedly — and he’s got PR. I think it’s great. Do your thing, man. If he can win, who can stop him? It will be a huge deal. I will probably move to Australia, but good luck you guys.”
Grandmaster Melle Mel: “I just hope we don’t have a moron for a president. He’s being a bully basically. The president of the United States doesn’t need to be a bully.”
Kat Graham: “I like when there are candidates who are such a contrast to what would normally be the appropriate decision, because it forces issues to come up…. I don’t really have an opinion on him. I treat it as a bit of sensationalism — like Fox News. I don’t watch Fox News. But I’d invite him to dinner. I’m absolutely not taking it seriously, but you know what, the guy has a brilliant mind.”
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Grandmaster Caz: “Any other president would never talk like that. The average person in New York doesn’t support that mentality.”
Charlie Puth: “I know Donald Trump says ‘China’ a lot. He’s always been like a celebrity. It’s probably better to never, ever talk about political things because people hate you. They’ll beat me up if I say something wrong.”