Trump’s Lil Wayne pardon sparks stunned reaction on Twitter: ‘Just when you thought 2021 couldn’t get weirder’

Trump and Lil Wayne (Getty)
Trump and Lil Wayne (Getty)

People have reacted with surprise to the news that US president Donald Trump has issued a presidential pardon to rapper Lil Wayne.

Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, pleaded guilty in December to federal weapons charges following an incident at a Miami airport in 2019, and was facing up to 10 years in prison.

Earlier this year, Wayne had endorsed Trump’s campaign for re-election in a social media post.

The pardon comes amid a wave of pardons and commutations issued by Trump before he leaves office later today (20 January).

Hip-hop artist Kodak Black (real name Bill Kapri) received a commutation after having being charged with falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms.

“Gotta have @KodakBlack1k & @LilTunechi on the pardon me remix now,” joked rapper Lil Yachty.

Comedian Karlous Miller wrote that Lil Wayne was “smart as f*** for that slick ass move he pulled”, seemingly referring to Wayne’s endorsement of Trump last year.

“I don’t blame Weezy,” he added. “F*** going to the slammer.”

Political journalist Josh Butler wrote: “'Trump pardons Lil Wayne, snubs Joe Exotic’ is exactly the kind of headline this presidency was always going to end with huh.”

Another Twitter user commented: “No Edward Snowden, but Lil Wayne got pardoned? Didn’t even know he was sentenced to prison. Snowden should release a mix tape or something. I don’t get it.”

London DJs The Nextmen wrote: “Trump has pardoned Lil Wayne. Just when you thought 2021 couldn’t get any weirder.”

Democratic president-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated later today.