It appears that former President Donald Trump drafted a famous Michigan rapper to be his impromptu national security advisor on North Korea’s nuclear threat.
In an interview with Fox Entertainment host Tucker Carlson, the musician and Republican Kid Rock claimed that Trump once asked him for advice on what to do regarding the Islamic State and North Korea.
“I was there with (Trump) one day when he ended the caliphate,” Kid Rock told Russia’s favorite Fox host, referencing U.S. military efforts against the Islamic State. The Michigan bandleader continued:
“[Trump] wanted to put out a tweet … I don’t like to speak out of school. I hope I’m not. But … the tweet was, and I’m paraphrasing, but it’s like, you know, ‘If you ever joined the caliphate, you know, trying to do this, you’re going to be dead.’”
“He goes,” Kid Rock continued, “‘What do you think?’ [I said] ‘Awesome. I can’t add any better.’ But then it comes out, and it’s… reworded and more political, to look politically correct. And just, ‘be afraid.”
He’s is not the only celebrity that served as an advisor to the twice-impeached ex-President. After a White House visit with the trio of Kid Rock right-wing guitar player Ted Nugent and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2017, the rocker told the New York Times that the group discussed “‘health, fitness, food, rock’n’roll, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, secure borders, the history of the United States, guns, bullets, bows and arrows, North Korea, Russia, and a half-dozen other issues.”
Trump also appointed former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Newman Newman as assistant to the President and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She was fired due to “money and integrity issues,” as well as “inappropriate use of company vehicles.” But her release of copious secret recordings of the Trump White House being horrific turned the tide of public opinion in her favor when she released a tell-all book.
Rock, whose real name is (three first names) Robert James Ritchie, also said the former President were [sic] once “looking at maps. I’m like, you know, like, ‘Am I supposed to be in on this shit?’ Like I make dirty records sometimes. I do.”
“‘What do you think we should do about North Korea?’ I’m like, ‘What? I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this.’” – Kid Rock
Folks might remember that Trump threatened military action against North Korea during his presidency, claiming in his off-the-cuff remarks that the country would see “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong Un threatened the United States. Just last year, a video surfaced of the authoritarian Republican applauding the murderous North Korean dictator’s suppression of the free press during one of his love sessions where America got nothing and gave a massive PR win to the madman threatening nuclear war in Asia.
While Kid Rock is an ignorant reactionary who was eventually cleared of wrongdoing from his abortive Michigan Senate campaign, at least he had the self-awareness to realize he is not qualified to give foreign policy advice.
If only Donald J. Trump, a man who got to spend four long years in the Oval Office with the nuclear codes was in possession of the same level of self-awareness.
Thomas Kennedy is an elected Democratic National Committee member representing Florida. He tweets from @tomaskenn.
Original Reporting by Martin Pengelly.
is a reported opinion columnist and roving correspondent. He's an elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.