Trump ignores Eminem's verbal attacks, but lashes out at Jay-Z
The president ignores both instances when Eminem lashed out against him with much profanity, but was provoked to tweet about JAY-Z's relatively restrained comments about Trump's racism.
Eminem has made his contempt for US President Donald Trump vocal time and time again, ever since his inauguration. He’s led a crowd in chanting “Fuck Trump”, dubbed him a racist in a vicious freestyle rap attack during the BET awards, and as we reported recently, he was quoted as saying, “a f**king turd would be a better president”. If you were predicting the usual response where Trump takes to Twitter to vent his rage, this time you would surprisingly be wrong. The White House as well as Trump were suspiciously silent about Eminem.
It could be because Trump’s voter base overlaps with Eminem’s fan base, and many speculate that Trump is hesitant to alienate the few supporters he has left. For his part, Eminem has drawn a line in the sand and asked fans to pick a side. “At the end of the day, if I did lose half my fan base, then so be it, because I feel like I stood up for what was right and I’m on the right side of this,” he was quoted as saying.
Let’s compare this to Trump’s response to Jay-Z who appeared on Van Jones’ CNN interview series on January 26 and spoke about Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment among other things such as race relations and the growing tension in the country. Jay-Z is an actual self-made billionaire, a type that Trump usually holds in very high regard. If you compare Jay-Z’s comments from the interview to Eminem’s eviscerating, profanity-laden attack on Trump, it wouldn’t even hold a candle.
“It’s disappointing and hurtful,” Jay-Z responded when asked about Trump’s recent comments reportedly made at the Senate meeting referring to African countries as “shithole countries”.
"But this has has been going on, this is how people talk behind close doors,” Jay-Z added. "Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” the hip-hop legend added.
In the same context, the 48-year-old rapper went on to talk about Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was caught making racist comments. “And they took his team from him. And that’s one way to do it, but another way would have been to let him have his team and let’s talk about it together. Because once you do it, all the other closet racists just run back into the hole, you haven’t fixed anything.”
"What you’ve done is spray perfume on a trashcan. And when you do that… you create a superbug, because you don’t take care of the problem. You don’t take the trash out, you just keep spraying over it to make it acceptable. And as those things grow, you create a superbug, and now we have Donald Trump, the superbug,” he added.
Compare this restrained, metaphor heavy comment by ‘Hov' to what Eminem said about Trump in an interview with Billboard last week: "I know that Hillary [Clinton] had her flaws, but you know what? Anything would have been better [than Trump]. A f***ing turd would have been better as a president,” said Eminem, not holding back in his acrid criticism.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Yet, Trump chose to lash back at Jay-Z on Sunday morning via his favorite ranting platform, Twitter. “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” he tweeted. Unsurprisingly, the tweet is not factually accurate, as one user was quick to point out — another one of Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ (as Kelly Anne Conway calls them) perhaps!
Donald Trump has words for Jay Z.— MVP (@The305MVP) January 28, 2018
But still hasn't said shit to Eminem.
Did Donald Trump respond to a Jay Z interview but Ignored a whole Eminem album and Award Show Freestyle? lol... damn.— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) January 28, 2018
*WHITE musician* eminem calling donald trump a poopoo head in rhyme form for 6 months.— INTUITION (@ItsIntuition) January 28, 2018
*BLACK musician* Jay Z makes reasonable statement "if u pay us well and treat us bad it won't lead to happiness."
Trump: instant twitter tirade.
Pundits: "is trump a racist?"
But the internet was quick to notice Trump’s selective rebuttal, pointing out how Trump conveniently ignored the white rapper’s verbal assault but was quick to latch on to Jay-Z. Even renowned agnostic, comedian and talk show host Bill Maher dedicated an entire segment on his HBO political satire show Real Time with Bill Maher to Trump’s apparent racism.
Forget Jay-Z and focus on the spin. Black unemployment has been declining since 2010 at a steady rate, but less jobs were created in 2017 than the past 6 years.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 28, 2018
And, at 6.8%, Black unemployment is nearly twice the rate of white people, at 3.7%.
Trump has done nothing.
Maher, in his 'New Rule' segment, went on to list all the people of color that the President has had a tiff with. Maher list included NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, Barrack Obama, Eric Holder, the war widow from the failed raid in Niger, The Central Park Five, Steph Curry, The UCLA basketball team arrested in China, Whoopi Goldberg, the cast of Hamilton, Nigeria, Haiti and the entire continent of Africa!
There certainly is a point here. If Trump were to lash out with a rebuttal (as he often does on Twitter), shouldn’t it be directed towards the man who said a turd could do his job better instead of Jay-Z, who just used a tame ‘superbug’ metaphor to describe the President’s seemingly racist remarks about African countries.
Asked by Van Jones whether it's OK for Trump "to say terrible things but put money in our pockets" amid Trump's claims that unemployment for African-Americans has dropped, Jay-Z said no, "because it's not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn't equate to happiness. It doesn't. That's missing the whole point.”
"You treat people like human beings. That's the main point," he said. "It goes back to the whole thing -- 'Treat me really bad and pay me well.' It's not going to lead to happiness, it's going to lead to, again, the same thing. Everyone's going to be sick,” Jay-Z said, going on to explain that many African-Americans and people in middle America have reflexively voted Democrat for years because their families did, but their needs weren't addressed. "Now, politics has become about votes and not about people,” he added.
Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! ... Watch the VIDEO for yourself: https://t.co/7Sv3rHKkmW https://t.co/jbHpkKOM5o— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018
CNN’s interviewer, Van Jones, meanwhile was quick to reply to Trump’s tweet, standing up for his guest from the show saying, "Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump's presidency. And Jay's answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL!!!"
Jay-Z was a frequent visitor at the Obama White House but told Van Jones that he doesn't think he'll get invited while Trump is in office. We wonder if Eminem will!
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