ICYMI: Kid Rock said he loves Trump more for cheating at golf, (allegedly) waved handgun around

Kid Rock really wants people to think he's a bad person, and he's really good at that.
UFC 296: Edwards v Covington. Kid Rock with someone he says to admire for cheating at golf.
UFC 296: Edwards v Covington. Kid Rock with someone he says to admire for cheating at golf. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages

ICYMI: During an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Kid Rock allegedly brandished a handgun mid-conversation and went on to praise Donald Trump for cheating at golf (yes, you read that right). Let this be a fair warning: It's going to get political in here, and this is an opinion piece.

In the RS piece, titled “How Kid Rock Went From America’s Favorite Hard-Partying Rock Star to a MAGA Mouthpiece,” David Peisner, the reporter, described the two-hour interview at Kid Rock's (Bob Ritchie's) home near Nashville. There's not much to say about Kid Rock's music, and that fact no doubt prompts his goofball Midwestern cowboy rockstar self-parodying-yet-oddly self-aware persona (and, as someone actually from Michigan, I urge you to trust me that we're not all like Kid Rock).

Initially amicable, the interview spiraled into chaos as Rock became "drunk and belligerent," particularly during discussions about Donald Trump and immigration (Trump regularly lies about migrants receiving Social Security and falsely claims the U.S.-Mexico border is "the most dangerous place in the world").

Rock reportedly referred to immigrants using inflammatory language, calling them "murderers" and "rapists," echoing statements made by Trump during his presidency. On that note, here's a fun fact: According to the U.S. Department of Justice itself, "Relative to undocumented immigrants, U.S.-born citizens are over 2 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, 2.5 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes, and over 4 times more likely to be arrested for property crimes."

More generally than that: "Migrant" is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "one who moves, either temporarily or permanently, from one place, area, or country of residence to another," rather than someone who murders and rapes anyone and anything within grasping distance).

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At one point, Rock allegedly retrieved a black handgun from behind his chair and waved it around, claiming, in an attempt to sound like the biggest bad-ass ever: "And I got a f---ing goddamn gun right here if I need it! I got them everywhere!” Representatives for Kid Rock did not respond to Entertainment Weekly's request for comment, but it's safe to assume he would only attempt to top himself by hopping around like Yosemite Sam firing off fresh rounds like a loose cannon.

Kid Rock's spiritual advisor:

The interview took place after Rock's appearance on Fox News with Laura Ingraham and continued at his home, which Peisner noted resembled the White House. The conversation touched on Rock's support for Trump, whom he referred to as his "bestie." (NOTE: Ted Nugent has said he hung around with Kid Rock and Trump before, talking about everything from "rock 'n' roll and hunting" to foreign policy — though one wonders if Nugent's song "Jailbait" came up, possibly in conjunction with Trump's Epstein connection or all the times Trump publicly leered over his own daughters).

Kid Rock knows he sounds bad, thinks it's good

Recognizing and celebrating that he sounds awful, Rock commented: "You think I like Trump because he’s a nice guy? I’m not electing the deacon of a church. That motherf****er likes to win. He likes to cheat in his f---ing golf game. I want that guy on my team. I want the guy who goes, ‘I’m going to fight with you.’”

Think about Kid Rock's unprovoked claim about Trump cheating at golf

This is perhaps the most definitive verifications of one of the claims about Trump: He cheats at golf. Now, just for a minute, I want you to remember something, especially in context of someone waving guns around: A classic element of the Western genre features several characters engaged in a game of Poker (or a similar card game). One player is accused of cheating, leading to a confrontation. Guns may be drawn, and it often results in at least one fatality.

In a less intense scenario, it could culminate in a "Mexican standoff" until tempers cool. If no firearms are involved, it might just lead to a bar brawl. Conversely, false accusations tend to result in the accuser's death.

So, in a way, Kid Rock just verified that Trump is fully capable of cheating, even at the game he is most closely associated with, where one would assume sportsmanship would most be treasured by the man himself. Meanwhile, one of the things he's become most famous for is accusing others of cheating, in one of the biggest textbook cases of projection and "Boy Who Cried Wolf-ism" out there.

Kid Rock, the intentional divider

In the interview, Rock actually acknowledged his role in contributing to political division, echoing unfounded claims that the 2020 election was "stolen" by Joe Biden, and signalling a willingness to use such interviews for "incitement of insurrection," presumably just for a few yuks.
"It’s a rich-guy issue,” Rock said. “No f---s left. I’m not going to get it right every time, but I know my heart’s right. I want the best for this country."

On that note, this guy who just wants what's best, and ostensibly represents family values and protecting children, said this on Joe Rogan's podcast regarding the bombing of Gaza: "If we don't have [Israeli hostages] back, clock starts now. And f****** 24 hours, we're going to start bombing motherf****** and killing f****** civilians, 30-, 40,000 a f****** time. So you civilians better f****** pack up and f****** get these f****** motherf******."

The comments were so much that even Joe Rogan stepped in, urging him to cool his genocidal jets, saying, "Yeah but the problem is the civilians are not armed...even a conventional bombing campaign [instead of a nuclear one], if you want to do that somewhere, they can do that to your place [in retaliation]...And this is what we have to avoid." In contrast, Serj Tankian from System of a Down has regularly used his music to criticize war, and Jack Black has consistently written far wittier lyrics, as a better singer in a far superior band.

Kid Rock thinks hit pieces help him

As the Rolling Stone interview drew to a close, Peisner recounted how Rock impeded his attempts to leave, insisting on showing multiple YouTube videos. Before Peisner finally left, Rock asked him, "Would you do me a favor? Just write the most horrific article about me. Do it. It helps me."

So, in an effort to perhaps not help him by writing this hit piece, here's an artist, picked basically at random, who is better and rocks 100 times harder than Kid Rock:

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