Keith Richards Explains How He Got Rid Of Trump Nearly 30 Years Ago

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Guitarist Keith Richards was once so angry at Donald Trump that he pulled out a knife ― when the future president wasn’t in the room ― and stabbed a table.

The rock icon told the BBC that back in 1989, Trump was the promoter of the Rolling Stones’ “Steel Wheels” tour dates in Atlantic City. When the band arrived, however, they found Trump’s name in huge letters and the band’s name in much smaller type.

I got out my trusty blade, stuck it in the table and said: ‘You have to get rid of this man!’” Richards told the BBC. “Now America has to get rid of him. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

Concert promoter Michael Cohl told a version of Richards’ story in 2015, saying Trump had agreed to host a pay-per-view event featuring the Stones in Atlantic City. But the band wanted nothing to do with him ― and when Trump turned up, Richards ordered Cohl to get rid of him.

“Keith pulls out his knife and slams it on the table and says, ‘What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself?” Cohl recalled, per the Los Angeles Times. “One of us is leaving the building – either him or us.’”

In 2015, Richards told Billboard that Trump was “refreshing” and “cut through a lot of crap.” Yet that wasn’t exactly an endorsement.

Can you imagine President Trump? The worst nightmare,” Richards said. “But we can’t say that. Because it could happen. This is one of the wonders of this country. Who would’ve thought Ronald Reagan could be president?”

Mick Jagger also commented on Trump in the new BBC interview, saying he’s puzzled by the president’s use of the band’s song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at his events.

“It’s a funny song for a play-out song ― a drowsy ballad about drugs in Chelsea!” Jagger told the BBC. “It’s kind of weird. He couldn’t be persuaded to use something else.”

The latest leg of the band’s “No Filter” European tour begins on Thursday.

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LONDON - CIRCA 1962: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pose for a very early portrait circa 1962 in London, England. (L-R)Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONDON - CIRCA 1962: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pose for a very early portrait circa 1962 in London, England. (L-R)Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of The Glimmer Twins; Rolling Stones songwriters Keith Richard & Mick Jagger take time out from photo session, London, 1963  (Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of The Glimmer Twins; Rolling Stones songwriters Keith Richard & Mick Jagger take time out from photo session, London, 1963 (Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns)
LONDON - CIRCA 1962: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pose for a very early portrait circa 1962 in London, England. (L-R)Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONDON - CIRCA 1962: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pose for a very early portrait circa 1962 in London, England. (L-R)Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
An early portrait of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, circa 1963. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
An early portrait of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, circa 1963. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones taken in the 1960s, from left to right, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.;  (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones taken in the 1960s, from left to right, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.; (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
British singer and musician Mick Jagger (Michael Phillip Jagger) sitting beside British guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones. The two are founding members of British band The Rolling Stones. 1967 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
British singer and musician Mick Jagger (Michael Phillip Jagger) sitting beside British guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones. The two are founding members of British band The Rolling Stones. 1967 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - 1st JANUARY: Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones posed wearing a rugby jersey backstage on tour in Scotland in early 1964. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - 1st JANUARY: Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones posed wearing a rugby jersey backstage on tour in Scotland in early 1964. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)
'The Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger pouring himself a drink, 1964. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
'The Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger pouring himself a drink, 1964. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of ROLLING STONES; L-R: Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts posed, group shot - in Marble Arch car park  (Photo by Fiona Adams/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of ROLLING STONES; L-R: Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts posed, group shot - in Marble Arch car park (Photo by Fiona Adams/Redferns)
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UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of ROLLING STONES; L-R: Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones posed, studio, at a Melody Maker photocall (Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns)
The Rolling Stones in a London park, early 1964. Left to right: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman (background), Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones in a London park, early 1964. Left to right: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman (background), Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Mick Jagger portrait; Rolling Stones Mick Jagger in thoughtful mood, takes time out from group photo session, London, 1963  (Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Mick Jagger portrait; Rolling Stones Mick Jagger in thoughtful mood, takes time out from group photo session, London, 1963 (Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns)
CIRCA 1965:  Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' plucks out some notes using a feather quill on a dulcimer in a recording studio in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1965: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' plucks out some notes using a feather quill on a dulcimer in a recording studio in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1965: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' poses for a portrait in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1965: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' poses for a portrait in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones pose outside the Tin Pan Alley Club in London, early 1964. Clockwise from top left, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones pose outside the Tin Pan Alley Club in London, early 1964. Clockwise from top left, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, wearing a fur-lined parka, 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, wearing a fur-lined parka, 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones perform a matinee concert at Sydney Showground, January 23 1965. (Photo by George Lipman/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
The Rolling Stones perform a matinee concert at Sydney Showground, January 23 1965. (Photo by George Lipman/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones prepare for a performance, circa 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones prepare for a performance, circa 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones at the Showground, 22 January 1965. SMH Picture by JOHN O'GREADY (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones at the Showground, 22 January 1965. SMH Picture by JOHN O'GREADY (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1966: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' performs onstage in circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1966: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' performs onstage in circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones are interviewed by Mike Walsh shortly after arriving at Mascot Airport, January 21 1965. (Photo by Trevor Dallen/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
The Rolling Stones are interviewed by Mike Walsh shortly after arriving at Mascot Airport, January 21 1965. (Photo by Trevor Dallen/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pause on a stair case for a portrait at a press conference at the New York Hilton on October 28, 1965 in New York City, New York. (L-R) Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' pause on a stair case for a portrait at a press conference at the New York Hilton on October 28, 1965 in New York City, New York. (L-R) Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' hold court at a press conference at the New York Hilton on October 28, 1965 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' hold court at a press conference at the New York Hilton on October 28, 1965 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BREMEN, GERMANY - MARCH 29: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones at a press conference at the Stadthalle on March 29th 1967 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)
BREMEN, GERMANY - MARCH 29: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones at a press conference at the Stadthalle on March 29th 1967 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25:  TOP OF THE POPS  Photo of ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER, Mick Jagger performing on tv show  (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25: TOP OF THE POPS Photo of ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER, Mick Jagger performing on tv show (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Musician Brian Jones (1942 - 1969) of the Rolling Stones during the group's appearance on the Eamonn Andrews TV show, February 1967. Keith Richards is visible behind. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)
Musician Brian Jones (1942 - 1969) of the Rolling Stones during the group's appearance on the Eamonn Andrews TV show, February 1967. Keith Richards is visible behind. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)
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UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 01: May, June 1968. A scene from 'ONE PLUS ONE' , the first English film by French director Jean-Luc GODARD. The ROLLING STONES are shown in the film during a recording of their influential album 'BEGGAR'S BANQUET.' (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1969: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' poses for a portrait session in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1969: Singer Mick Jagger of the rock and roll band 'The Rolling Stones' poses for a portrait session in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) UK, London, 1969 Rolling Stones 50 years. Photo: From left to right: Brian Jones (1962-69), Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts seit 1963), Bill Wyman (1962-93) and Keith Richards    (Photo by Spiegl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) UK, London, 1969 Rolling Stones 50 years. Photo: From left to right: Brian Jones (1962-69), Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts seit 1963), Bill Wyman (1962-93) and Keith Richards (Photo by Spiegl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 09: Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones performs live on stage at RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 09 1970 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 09: Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones performs live on stage at RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 09 1970 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
(GERMANY OUT) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards at a concert- undated (Photo by Tobis/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards at a concert- undated (Photo by Tobis/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Mick Jagger performing with the Rolling Stones at the Saville Theatre, London, 15th December 1969. (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mick Jagger performing with the Rolling Stones at the Saville Theatre, London, 15th December 1969. (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 01:  Photo of Keith RICHARDS and Mick JAGGER and ROLLING STONES; Mick Jagger & Keith Richards performing live onstage  (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 01: Photo of Keith RICHARDS and Mick JAGGER and ROLLING STONES; Mick Jagger & Keith Richards performing live onstage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: HONOLULU Photo of Keith RICHARDS and Mick JAGGER and ROLLING STONES, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing live onstage (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)

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