Vic Mensa is speaking up about political issues and the current election. His new EP There’s Alot Going On features topical tracks like “16 shots” which addresses the police shooting death of Chicago teenager LaQuan McDonald; “Shades of Blue” which examines the Flint water crisis and “There’s Alot Going On,” a song about Mensa’s own struggles with depression. But he’s also had a lot to say about the Orlando club shooting–in particular, presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s response to it.
Mensa was offended and outraged by Trump’s tweets in the wake of the tragedy. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & [vigilance],” Trump tweeted. “We must be smart!”
Mensa tweeted a news article and slammed the GOP’s presidential nominee’s rhetoric. “This is why we can’t let Donald Trump be president. We have to stop vicious & violent hate b4 its too late,” Mensa tweeted. “I’m not blaming the shooting on Trump. But the hateful rhetoric he preaches and the type of supporters he attracts inflame these issues.”
He spoke to CNN about his feelings regarding the current political climate.
“In this election it’s very possible that we’re literally voting to save our lives and the lives of people that we love,” Mensa told CNN. “The hateful messages that Donald Trump is putting out into the world can only bring hate back. Hate begets hate. Violence begets violence.”
— still alive (@VicMensa) June 13, 2016