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 Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty 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.”
After DJ Whoo Kid referred to Clinton as a “big vagina to be putting in office,” the 35-year-old Atlanta-born entertainer continued, “And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. … [Leaders of other countries] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy. The world ain’t ready yet.
“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 TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling 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.