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Kid Rock joined Tucker Carlson for an exclusive interview covering his new album “Bad Reputation” and what it means to be a conservative celebrity; “they have no idea how many of us there are.”
Over the course of the discussion on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the artist, born Robert James Ritchie, was asked a number of questions that included how he met President Donald Trump, his opinions of Dr. Anthony Fauci and how his particular work ethic continues bringing him success.
The rocker explained how he had been invited to dinner at the White House as a guest to Sarah Palin when he first met Trump and the pair hit it off because of their genuine character. “It’s really weird to get phone calls from him and stuff,” Ritchie said of the surreal nature of befriending a president, “it’s kind of mind-blowing.”
Of Trump, he said, “he just knows how to have fun” and he recounted an instance where the president had casually asked his opinion before posting a tweet that in effect stated, “If you ever join the Caliphate you’ll be dead.”
“Awesome,” Ritchie said he replied with a thumb’s up.
“He speaks off the cuff, I understand what it’s like, sometimes you get it wrong,” the rocker said of Trump when comparing his sharp mental acuity to President Joe Biden. “That’s why I liked him from the beginning.”
Carlson brought up the advice that management would give the rock star about not engaging in the political arena because it would hinder his success. To that point, Ritchie explained most of his behavior throughout his career would have been frowned upon.
“I just gotta go with my heart…try to be a good person, you know, be educated if I’m gonna speak on some things, sometimes not so much,” he said and explained the benefit of not being beholden to corporate interests and record labels like many others in the industry.
During the last election, Ritchie recounted insiders “naming off Hollywood people and they kept going like ‘they’re in the closet,'” to which he replied “‘they’re all gay?'” It was then explained that they were closet Trump supporters and that there is a lot of pressure to stay quiet.
“That was kind of mind-blowing…there’s a ton of ’em…” Ritchie went on, “me and Trump talk about that a lot. They have no idea how many of us there are out there.”
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Since “day one,” Ritchie said he knew he wasn’t going to be intimidated. “The Country guys have to be understandably careful,” compared to himself, he said, as they wish they could be as outspoken.
The interview touched on the upcoming tour to promote the “Bad Reputation” album and Ritchie explained that their plan to only play venues that didn’t require a “vax-pass” only forced them to cancel a Buffalo, NY show as “it was common knowledge” the passes wouldn’t be a thing by the time the tour got underway.
“F*ck Fauci,” he said matter-of-factly. He bought into the initial panic and sprayed everything with disinfectant, but when the reality sank in that healthy people were in no danger, he looked at the pandemic differently.
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