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A$AP Rocky was mentioned during Trump's impeachment hearings

The rapper's arrest sparks controversy again

A$AP Rocky was mentioned during Trump's impeachment hearings The rapper's arrest sparks controversy again

On Wednesday, November 13th, public hearings for the impeachment proceedings against President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, began. Most of hearings are about the so-called Kievgate, or Trump's pressure on the Ukrainian president to publicly investigate Joe Biden - candidate in the upcominc Democratic primaries and political adversary of Trump. But during one of these hearings, that of ambassador David Holmes, there has also been talk of the arrest of A$AP Rocky in Sweden and of Trump's pressures for his release.

According to reports from Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, Holmes spoke of a phone call between Trump and Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, in which Sondland himself advised a Trump to «let Rocky be condemned» so that he could «play the racism card, give him a ticker-tape [parade] when he comes home». Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were also mentioned in the conversation, in relation to their talk with Jared Kushner for Trump to intervene in Rocky's release. Sondland tells Trump that if he failed to free Rocky, he could always «tell the Kardashian that he tried».

To this day it is not yet clear the role that Donald Trump had in the release of Rocky, while it's certain that neither Rocky nor his team have publicly thanked the President for his interest in the case. Darrell Scott and Kareem Lanier - two collaborators of Trump, both African Americans - in an interview with Yahoo News reproached A$AP Rocky and his team for never making a private phone call to the White House or to the President. The mention of A$AP Rocky in an impeachment process confirms that Trump really talked about A$AP Rocky with his ambassadors, at the same time Sondland's words demonstrate the Administration's merely political interest in the Rocky affair, used by the President to approach a portion of the electorate that is historically hostile to him. The fact that the names of ASAP Rocky and Kim Kardashian were mentioned in a public hearing for the impeachment of the President of the United States is yet another demonstration of the enormous social and cultural weight swinged by the entertainment industry, that is influencing several different sectors of American society.