Ted Nugent opened up to the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush about his trip to the White House on Wednesday and the details are even wilder than anyone could have imagined.
While the visit may have looked like a simple photo-op for some of President Donald Trump’s more famous supporters, it turns out the trio of Kid Rock, Sarah Palin, and Ted Nugent spent a significant amount of time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:
“We were there for four hours, man!” Mr. Nugent, a 68-year-old Detroit native, said in a telephone interview on Thursday, using a four-letter expletive to signal his amazement at Mr. Trump’s willingness to spend so much time with his three casually dressed visitors.
The group’s trip included a tour of the entire White House led personally by President Trump. “He gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about the origins of every carpet and every painting — there was a Monet — and then we had dinner,” said Nugent. The group was even permitted to visit the executive residence, an area often left out of tours.
As for the picture that stole the headlines, Nugent also let slip some details about the lead-up to the trio posing with an official portrait of Hillary Clinton. If anyone was offended by the picture that was taken, they certainly wouldn’t have liked the picture that almost happened:
Mr. Nugent said one member of the group — he wouldn’t say who — asked the three to extend their middle fingers beneath the portrait. “I politely declined,” he said. “Let the juxtaposition speak for itself.”
President Trump also appears to have become quite the expert on White House history in his short time residing in Washington, D.C. According to Nugent, he was able to tell the group about countless historical facts pertaining to certain areas of the White House, including how President Abraham Lincoln’s son died in the Lincoln Bedroom.
If you were wondering what such an eclectic group would talk about over dinner, according to Nugent, they discussed just about everything:
The president and his guests engaged in a wide-ranging conversation that Mr. Nugent said included the following topics: “health, fitness, food, rock ’n’ roll, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, secure borders, the history of the United States, guns, bullets, bows and arrows, North Korea, Russia” and a half-dozen other issues.
“It was like a family reunion,” said Nugent, describing the atmosphere of the night. “None of us expected this,” he added. The group ended their dinner over flaming baked Alaska, a nod to Sarah Palin’s previous job as governor of Alaska.
Finally, Nugent was asked if he regretted some of his past comments about President Barack Obama, such as referring to the former president as a “mongrel.” “No!” Nugent responded. “I will never apologize for calling out evil people.”