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Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Sarah Palin visit Trump at White House

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/20/2017 ADAM EDELMAN

President Trump hosted controversial rocker Ted Nugent, as well as Kid Rock and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for dinner at the White House Wednesday night — an usual band of friends that retriggered questions over some of the commander-in-chief’s past anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Trump’s embrace of Nugent — who in 2012 was questioned by the Secret Service for making threats against former President Obama, whom the rocker also called “a piece of s---” — in particular, marked a stunning change-of-course from guest standards held by the last presidency.

The specific purpose of the unannounced visit wasn't immediately clear but the unlikely trio was pictured in photos on social media alongside Trump in the Oval Office and in other rooms.

One photo showed Kid Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, Palin and Nugent posing in front of a portrait of Hillary Clinton from her time as First Lady.

Sarah Palin, Kid Rock & Ted Nugent walk in to bar.....

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Nugent has in the past called Clinton a “worthless b----” who should be “hung” and has joked about her getting shot.

The "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker and NRA board member, in lengthy posts on his Facebook wall and his blog, later explained that the group dined with Trump after the visit and that he and the President talked about political correctness — which Trump had vilified during his campaign.

"We discussed various quality of life issues and how entrenched status quo political correctness has wrecked everything it has touched and how his administration is focused and dedicated to get back to the U.S. Constitutional basics of government of, by and for the people," Nugent wrote.

“We discussed specifically the counterproductive follies of the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the US Fish & Wildlife Service, BLM and other out of control bureaucracies,” he added.

Ted Nugent (pictured), in a lengthy post on his Facebook wall, added that he and his wife, Shemane Deziel, dined with Trump after the visit. - John Shearer

Ted Nugent (pictured), in a lengthy post on his Facebook wall, added that he and his wife, Shemane Deziel, dined with Trump after the visit. - John Shearer
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Nugent has been outspoken in his support of conservative causes and supported Trump during the campaign.

But his help has also hurt Trump, as the musician repeatedly made racist and anti-Semitic statements and drew attention to Trump’s support from questionable groups.

In February 2016, he posted an image on Facebook in February 2016 of prominent Jewish politicians like Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rahm Emanuel and others, each beside an Israeli flag under the banner "So who is really behind gun control?"

Trump, too, has faced repeated accusations of anti-Semitism.

Through his campaign, he flirted with anti-Semitic support without explicitly denouncing it. He tweeted a meme from a neo-Nazi message board that featured Hillary Clinton’s face, a Star of David and a pile of money; he then spent nearly a week denying the image had any anti-Semitic connotation. Trump’s campaign also attracted support from far-right groups including the American Nazi Party.

In addition, he hired as his campaign chief, and later as his chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, whose Breitbart News grew to be the "premier website of the 'alt-right' — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists," as the Anti-Defamation League has put it.

Palin, too, is a fervent Trump supporter and was credited with helping provide him momentum when she publicly endorsed the then-candidate in Iowa right before the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses.

"A great night at the White House," she wrote on Facebook. "Thank you to President Trump for the invite!"

Trump had invited Palin for the unannounced visit, she explained, and she in turn, brought along Nugent and Ritchie.

On her blog, she wrote that she brought along Ritchie and Nugent “because Jesus was booked.”

She also called the company “wonderful” and mentioned that they were served Baked Alaska for dessert.


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