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It’s the viral moment everyone’s talking about: During the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night (October 10), Eminem, to put it politely, ripped President Donald Trump a new one in a scathing freestyle called “The Storm.” The Detroit rapper has made it abundantly clear that he “fucking hates” Trump, but, believe it or not, the two were once on friendly terms.
In the wake of Eminem’s freestyle, MTV has resurfaced a clip from the 2004 “Shady National Convention,” a mock political rally that celebrated Em’s satellite radio channel. The video shows Trump — who was, at the time, best known as the host of The Apprentice — giving a fired-up endorsement speech for “presidential candidate” Eminem.
“When the Shady Party called and told me there’s going to be a convention, I said, it’s got to be a really big one and it’s got to be right here in New York,” Trump said at the start of his speech. “Because this is the best city anywhere in the world, am I right? Of course I’m right. I’m always right. I’m Donald Trump, I’m always right.”
He continued, “I know a winner when I see one. And Donald Trump is telling you right now, Slim Shady is a winner. He’s got brains. He’s got guts. And he’s got Donald Trump’s vote. Ladies and gentlemen, our great candidate, Slim Shady!”
In hindsight, the whole thing is a frightening look into the future — Trump’s insistence that he’s “always right” certainly hasn’t wavered a bit — but we have to think he’d revoke that endorsement now.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Michel Temer is being treated for a slight blockage of a coronary artery, his office said on Wednesday, denying a press report that he would undergo an angiogram procedure later this month.
“There is no catheter procedure or surgery planned or recommended for the president,” a spokesman said.
The blockage was detected during a routine medical checkup and Temer’s doctor Roberto Kalil Filho put the 77-year-old leader on a low-fat diet and told him to take an aspirin a day, the spokesman said.
TV Globo reported on Tuesday that Temer had a partial coronary obstruction and would undergo a heart procedure via catheter.
The television network said the president had decided to delay the procedure until after Congress votes on whether he should stand trial on charges of obstructing justice and criminal organization in a corruption case.
Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassú; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Richard Chang
In a taped segment that aired tonight on the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, the Grammy winner appeared in a downtown Detroit parking garage where he voiced his disapproval towards the Commander in Chief.
“When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that / Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada,” he raps. “All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather / Cause a twitter storm with the Packers.”
Eminem continues, “Then says he wants to lower our taxes / Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips / Back and forth with fam to his golf resorts and mansions?”
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The rapper goes on to question President Trump’s endorsement of former chief strategist Steve Bannon and his controversial words to Senator John McCain.
“Now, if you’re a black athlete / You’re a spoiled little brat / For tryna use your platform or your stature / To try to give those a voice who don’t have one,” Eminem continued to rap. “He says, ‘You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards’ / Unless, you’re a POW who was tortured and battered / ‘Cause to him, you’re zeros / ‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured / That’s not disrespecting the military.”
This isn’t the first time Eminem has voiced his disapproval for President Trump.
Last fall, the man behind huge hits including “The Real Slim Shade” and “Lose Yourself” made a track called “Campaign Speech” that including lines about the then Republican nominee.
Most recently, the Detroit rapper led U.K. audiences last month in anti-Trump protests.
The 2017 Hip Hop Awards hosted by DJ Khaled airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on BET.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blasted an NBC News report detailing his supposed rift with President Trump, affirming his “commitment” to the administration and denying that he ever considered resigning.
The NBC News report had said Tillerson considered resigning over the summer amid disagreements with the White House.
“There’s never been a consideration in my mind,” Tillerson told reporters, in a previously unscheduled statement.
The report had said Tillerson even called Trump a “moron” this summer after a meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials. Vice President Pence reportedly got involved at the time to discuss ways to ease tensions.
Tillerson said Wednesday he would not address “petty” stuff like that, but said of the president, “He’s smart.”
Trump, en route to Las Vegas to meet with survivors of Sunday’s mass shoot, also hit back Wednesday at the report.
“NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!” Trump tweeted.
In his remarks, Tillerson also denied that Pence ever had to get involved to convince him to stay.
“There is much to be done, and we’re just getting started,” Tillerson said.
At 24, David Litt found himself serving under a incredible boss: none other than former President Barack Obama. After writing for Valerie Jarrett, the President’s Senior Advisor at the time, Litt worked his way up to writing for Obama himself — both embarrassing and distinguishing himself on the climb.
In September, Litt published a memoir about this experience: Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years. Litt recently spoke to MTV News about having the leader of the free world as your boss, and why now more than ever is the time for young people to get involved with politics.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
MTV News: Why did you write this book?
David Litt: I originally wrote this book because I had all these funny stories about times that I embarrassed myself in front of the President. Lots of White House books, including some really great ones, are about what it’s like to be in the President’s inner circle. But to my knowledge, nobody had written a White House book about what it’s like to be the rest of us — someone young and starting out who believes in public service but isn’t sure what that really means yet and is learning on the job.
I [also] wrote this book for everybody who has been 24 and terrified of their boss’s boss. That happened to me, except my boss’s boss was the President. I happened to be in the White House during the time, but I think I went through what everyone goes through as they leave college and try to figure out their place in the world. What matters to me? What am I good at? How can I both contribute and be happy? Also how do I navigate the world of online dating — there’s some of that.
Can you describe what your job was like?
The day-to-day of working on a campaign was very different than working for the White House. [During the campaign I was] out in the field, talking to voters or talking to volunteers who were going to go out and talk to voters, and slowly but surely persuading people to support Barack Obama and also convincing people who might be on the fence about voting that it was worth their time.
In the White House, the day-to-day depended on your job. For me as a speechwriter, it was to go into the office and usually I’d be working on one speech at a time. It could be any point in that process — drafting, editing, talking to policy people — but we were always thinking about how to tie whatever small issue we were working on back to the broader themes that “we’re all in it together” and “we can solve our problems together” — [themes] that President Obama talked about not just on the 2008 campaign but from the moment he entered public life.
How did your experience campaigning and working for the Obama administration shape how you viewed the 2016 campaign?
2008 was this moment when we believed that politics could change America. I was inspired by a specific thing President Obama said: People who love this country can change it. And looking back on it, I absolutely think he was right. I worked with people who loved their country deeply and together we did change it — not always as fast as we would have liked or in every way we would have liked, but America is a better place because all of my colleagues made the decision to go into politics.
One of the things that made me really sad in 2016 was a sense of cynicism about politics in general. It did not surprise me that Trump was cynical about politics because cynicism and “American carnage” is his brand, but it made me sad to see so many people who really believed in justice and believed in making more progress for America lose heart that politics could accomplish that. I think one of the challenges for all of us who want to make America better is to figure out how to rekindle not a faith that politics can solve anything, but that politics has to be part of the solution.
When Trump won, I did do a fair amount of re-writing [for my book]. It seemed urgent in a way to record what it was like to have a President and a White House who weren’t always perfect, but were animated by this sense of wanting to do good, of wanting to make America a more perfect union, and wanting to live up to the incredibly demanding responsibility that comes from having your office be in the most famous office building on Earth. I wanted to capture that both to remind people of how recently we had that kind of White House and hopefully to give people some hope that we’re going to have that kind of White House again.
What advice would you give young people interested in going into politics?
For young people looking to shape and change the country and get us out of the mess that we’re in, I do think there’s nothing more effective than politics.
It’s not just about all the good you can do — it’s about all the bad you can prevent. That’s less inspiring, but it’s true. Look at what’s happening in Puerto Rico right now. Look at our complete lack of leadership when it comes to reducing gun violence. Democrats had a really contentious primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but I think we can agree that if either of them was in the Oval Office today, 3.4 million Puerto Ricans would not feel abandoned by their government. And we would be talking about preventing the next mass shooting, not just offering thoughts and prayers to the victims of this one.
For young people looking to shape and change the country and get us out of the mess that we’re in, I do think there’s nothing more effective than politics.
It’s not just about all the good you can do — it’s about all the bad you can prevent.
As a speechwriter, you got to speak to a lot of Americans. What did you learn about them and what do you think about the idea that there is a major division among them?
One of my favorite parts of my job was to talk to people who were affected in some way by President Obama’s policies or who just stood for the best of America. President Obama loved to tell stories of Americans who otherwise might be overlooked.
In my book, I write about Stacey Lihn, a woman in Arizona whose daughter was born with a heart condition that is fairly similar to the one that Jimmy Kimmel’s son has. When I met her, [Lihn’s daughter] Zoe was two years old, had already had two open heart surgeries, and whether or not her parents could afford the third one was going to be dependent on whether or not the Affordable Care Act survived or was repealed. In the epilogue of the book, I got to go visit Zoe who is doing amazingly well — I think she’s now a yellow belt in karate — and I still keep in touch with the Lihns and get Facebook updates. [Zoe is] a normal, bouncy, hyperactive kid and she wouldn’t have been if there had been someone else in the Oval Office. And she wouldn’t have been if there hadn’t been a team of people thinking about her in some small way every day.
I don’t think Americans are as divided as you would think watching the news. Eighty-six percent of Americans believe that DREAMers who were brought to this country as children should be able to stay here. A majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. A big majority of Americans support tougher laws for background checks on guns.
What gives me hope is that when you look at the American people, it’s not that we agree on everything but we still share the same basic set of values. So far having a president who doesn’t share those values has only strengthened our commitment to them. It hasn’t changed that sort of sense of common, core beliefs.
Do you have any advice for young people who feel disheartened by our current political climate?
Most people will tell you that when you’re young what you should be doing is following your heart. Especially in these times, I would encourage you to join a campaign. And not necessarily a political campaign, although I think that’s often the way to go but just figure out what you care about that is bigger than yourself, and figure out a way to become part of that and the rest of it will fall into place. More importantly you’ll do something that really matters.
President Donald Trump tweeted late Tuesday that he was “saddened” to learn that the ratings for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards telecast on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert, were not good.
Trump tweeted, “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever.”
The president’s Tuesday night tweet was a little off: The show was on Sunday, not Monday, and the ratings didn’t quite hit bottom, though they were close.
The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched, slightly more than last year’s lowest-ever audience of 11.3 million. But six markets in Florida have not reported, as Hurricane Irma is still holding up the process in areas that were severely impacted by the storm.
“The Emmys are a Hollywood bubble show,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News. “Actors and directors get to pretend they are important because they are doing such insightful takes on life in America, when they have zero idea what life in America is for the other 330 million people.”
Trump added, “Smartest people of them all are the ‘DEPLORABLES.’” That’s a reference to a remark Hillary Clinton made during last year’s presidential campaign, when she said half of Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables.”
The Emmys went head-to-head against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which presumably didn’t help viewership, but the awards have now hit new ratings lows for three straight years. Perhaps some viewers want to enjoy the awards show as an escape from politics, or perhaps some viewers simply don’t agree with everything the Hollywood elite has to say.
Colbert and the event’s producers didn’t seem to care that roughly half the country wouldn’t be amused by non-stop attacks on Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.