By Judy Kurtz
Rapper T.I. won’t be picking a female White House hopeful for president, saying he “can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman," though he later walked back the remarks.
In a recent interview with DJ Whoo Kid for the radio host’s show, “The Whoolywood Shuffle,” T.I. said, “Not to be sexist,” but he wouldn’t be casting a ballot for Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMichelle Obama featured in new Clinton ad Arizona newspaper endorses Dem for president for first time Republican John Warner to endorse Clinton MORE or any other woman for commander in chief.
“Just because every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well,” the “Whatever You Like“ rapper said. “But the president, it’s kind of 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.”
“I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [a woman]. It’s not right, but I’m just saying I don’t think,” T.I. concluded.
T.I. (who was born Clifford Harris, Jr.) also praised GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMichelle Obama featured in new Clinton ad Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter' Arizona newspaper endorses Dem for president for first time MORE, saying the real estate mogul is “interesting, and I feel he is the best showman of them all.”
“And I do feel that if he is sincerely concerned about the economy of America and the working public, he would be the best person to flip the money that we have, take it and flip it,” T.I. said.
But, T.I. concluded, he won’t be voting for Trump either. “His racist remarks, all of his off-color statements, it makes it impossible to be, like, completely supportive of him,” the Grammy Award winner said. “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 cast no vote for him.”
T.I. apologized for the remarks Tuesday, tweeting to his more than 6 million followers:
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
—Updated at 1:24 p.m.