White House Visit: Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock Get Their Time With Trump

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John F. Kennedy once told a White House gathering of Nobel prize winners that it was “the most extraordinary collection of talent” to meet for dinner there,  “with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

It’ll probably leave you stumped to come up with a historic analogy for President Trump’s Wednesday night dinner guests — former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.

On Thursday, after they posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter, news of the gathering drew mocking and scorn from Trump detractors and a defense of the gathering from those who were there.

Palin, appearing on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” said that Trump invited her to come to the White House and to bring guests. “Jesus was booked,” she said.

So she invited Nugent and Kid Rock, calling them “some bold, courageous, all-American dudes who I knew would have good conversation with the president and get to express a lot of good, middle-class, work-ethic-type issues.”

Nugent, on a hunting blog, wrote that “we discussed specifically the counterproductive follies of the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, BLM and other out of control bureaucracies.”

But they also appeared to savor a portrait of their 2016 nemesis, Hillary Clinton, whose portrait hangs in the White House along with other former first ladies. A picture of the three posing before her portrait was posted to Palin’s Facebook page.

“The picture says it all,” she told Tapper.

It’s certainly not unusual for a president to dine at the White House with celebrities. The Obamas entertained Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, among others, while the Clintons routinely invited Hollywood figures for overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom.

All three of Trump’s celebrity guests campaigned for him, but it is Nugent who has become known in the political realm for particularly incendiary comments. He once referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” but he denied that he was being racist.

Drew Courtney, communications director for the progressive group People for the American Way, said that “no one who has pushed this type of racist, violent rhetoric should be welcomed into the White House to meet with the president. It shows just how low this  administration will go in pandering to right-wing extremism.”

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  1. Dr. TJ says:

    So it was Sarah Palin who invited Ted Nugent to the White House. I seem to remember Sarah and Todd Palin’s self-righteous indignation with David Letterman because Letterman made jokes that involved their daughter Bristol when Bristol was 14, but Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to care about Nugent’s admitted statutory rapes of underage girls. I guess it doesn’t matter to Sarah Palin because Ted did it to someone else’s daughter, not hers. Nothing like showing your true colors.

  2. Lucette says:

    They are childish and sophomoric and demean the White House and Office of the President!

  3. tomdegan says:

    What does it tell you about the warden of Idiot Nation that he would invite a racist dingbat like Ted Nugent to spend the night in the White House? What message do you suppose he is sending?
    Tom Degan

  4. Brad says:

    Yes, it is normal for presidents to invite celebrities to the White House. But at what level do you consider these three non entities to be celebrities? Well, the definition of big fish in a small pond is one thing, but this is a true definition of little fish in a big pond. I don’t know anyone that would consider these three to be celebrities, with the minor exception of Kid Rock, which really is a real stretch also, since his notoriety was from 15 years ago.
    Oh, and the group photo with Trump in the Oval Office that was on the news this week, is a perfect replacement for The Addams Family and The Munsters of TV Fame

  5. Lucian Dean says:

    I would have asked for a different back drop!

  6. Ted Nugent is the perfect act for Trump, I would however keep this self proclaimed pedophile the heck away from any children.
    Nugent has proven his bigotry and racism. His reference to the president of the United States as a “sub-human mongrel” is but one good example. Add to that the fact that he brags how he crapped in his own pants for a week to avoid service to our country in Viet Nam and yet now somehow advocates for wars he doesn’t have to fight.
    Prior to his first marriage, Nugent fathered two babies out of wedlock with different teenage girls. He dumped both babies into adoption programs to dispose of them. Nugent never attempted to make any further contact with his offspring. Nugent has bragged repeatedly about sexual relationships with underage minors even authored a song called “Jailbait” proudly bragging about his pedophile behavior.
    Ted was in his late 30s when he began a sexual relationship with seventeen-year-old girl in Hawaii. Due to the fact that could not legally marry the minor Ted scammed a way to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Rolling Stone magazine ranked as one of the “Sleaziest Moments in Rock History.”
    Chicken hawk, pedophile, draft dodger, statutory rapist, self defecator, blatant bigot and racist, Ted is the perfect spokesman for Trump, BUT PLEASE don’t forget to keep Uncle Teddy away from all underaged girls!

  7. Bill B. says:

    Good God! What a collection of deplorables this is.

  8. Correct says:

    Seriously Variety? There is a foreign entity dismantling the privacy and integrity of our free and fair elections probably indefinitely. Trump doesn’t want the FEDERAL INVESTIGATION of it covered. And you post this. Do we not know the difference between distraction and news?

    Seriously someone answer. I will read.

  9. Fred Mertz Jr. says:

    Terri Sweeney, your vomitous comments about President Obama pushed aside, Donald Trump will do nothing for the betterment of anyone in this country and if you are waiting for that train to arrive you will spend four pathetic and lonely years on the platform to Megalomania. As for Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent’s arrival in the White House, that merely underscores the limitations of a progressive president who continued a policy aimed at saving children’s lives by eliminating DDT from insecticide and rodent control. That those three were allowed free run of the West Wing is the natural outcome of that failed policy.

  10. Moira says:

    I always though Sarah Palen was a classless twit and she always proves me right.

  11. BadTrump says:

    With a stroke of a pen? Oh he’ll stroke his pen alright…when Ivanka bends over!

  12. Steve Barr says:

    Ted Nugent is a human cockroach. And not far behind are Kid Rock and Sarah Palin. I can only wish that a monster like Donald Trump someday is brought down and every subhuman who supported this pathetic sociopath realize what they have done to this country.

  13. Macy says:

    What’s the difference between sarah palin’s mouth and sarah palin’s va-JJ?
    Not everything that comes out of her va-JJ is retarded.

  14. Mitchem says:

    I guess if Obama can have a useless idiot like Jay-Z at the White House, Trump can have a useless idiot like Ted Nugent at the White House… and Nugent is DEFINITELY an idiot.

  15. Henry says:

    I like Trump, but Nugent is a nutjob and a dirtbag.

    • Eric Novak says:

      Marilyn Hogan’s personal profile would probably make most normal people puke. Progressive degenerates cause that response in everyday, non-degenerates.

    • Trump is just as much of a dirtbag, in fact ‘worse’. He is such a disgrace and embarrassment to the U.S. and so unfit for the office of President. We can only hope that ‘something’ will happen to get him out of office before he has us all destroyed by a nuclear war, or the country destroyed with his policies and his vile reputation. Such a big fraud!!

      • Terri Sweeney says:

        Such angry comments! :( Obama had all kinds (and I emphasize ALL kinds!) of entertainers, actors, and card-carrying communists and socialists as his guests. You praised all he did. He tried very hard, and almost succeeded in destroying America AND our middle class…he wanted, and still wants, only the very poor and the very rich to exist. The poor would exist only on the government dole, and be totally independent on the government, with no ability to break out and succeed, and the rich would keep them there. And you and your kind thought (and still think) that was wonderful. Shame on all of you for supporting him. I sincerely hope Trump will be able to reverse many of the damaging policies Obama put in place with his “stroke of the pen”. And Trump will be able to reverse any executive orders executed by Obama…the same way. As you were so gleeful about…with a “stroke of a pen”.

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