It was, to put it mildly, the Mount Rushmore of WTF. If there hadn't been visual proof it would have been hard to imagine that near the finish line of a hectic first 100 days in which next to none of his bold policy promises have come to pass and nuclear war with North Korea suddenly seems on the table President Trump had four hours on Wednesday night (Apr. 19) to hang with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin at the White House.
But, as we all know, he did, and according to a chronicle of the most bizarre 1600 Pennsylvania photo op since a hopped-up Elvis tried to hand a gun to President Nixon while pleading for a DEA badge, it included a lengthy, detail-rich tour of the executive mansion from the specifics-shy commander in chief.
"He gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about the origins of every carpet and every painting - there was a Monet - and then we had dinner," Nugent told The New York Times in a blow-by-blow of the WH hang. The 68-year-old guitar rocker who spent the past eight years denigrating President Obama by calling him a "piece of s--t" and a "mongrel" was especially excited about the instantly viral picture the visitors took in front of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's official photo.
While he wouldn't say who, Nugent let slip that one of the three suggested they extend their middle fingers toward the pic of the former First Lady. "I politely declined," said Nugent, who once referred to the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate as a "toxic c--t." But, he added, "let the juxtaposition speak for itself."
.@POTUS invited @SarahPalinUSA to dinner and told her to bring some friends pic.twitter.com/Okk6wVWpha
- Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 20, 2017
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the visit was a "long-planned" thank you to Palin for her support of Trump's presidential campaign, though Nugent referred to it as a "family reunion" for the odd amalgam of reality stars, a faded rock guitar hero and the Detroit rapper-turned-grill-salesman. The invite was originally for Palin, who added Rock and Nugent (and their respective fiancé and wife) as her plus four. One aide reportedly read the visitor manifest -- which Trump has vowed to keep secret for security reasons -- and asked colleagues, "Who is Theodore Nugent?"
"None of us expected this," said Nugent. "He showed us the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom and explained how that was where the president's son died. He knew the designer of the chairs. He showed us the bulletproof glass."
The group shared a dinner that wrapped with a flaming baked alaska in honor of the state's former half-term governor Palin as well as a "wide-ranging" convo that the "Cat Scratch Fever" author said covered everything from: "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 much more.
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