At 45 years old, Eminem isn't as angry as he used to be, as evidenced by the calmer tone that permeates much of his latest album "Revival," but there's one thing that can still get his blood boiling: Donald Trump.
The rapper sat down with Vulture just prior to the release of his new album to talk about his influences and motivations, and the sitting president was definitely a big one.
Eminem famously rapped a surprise freestyle raging against Trump during the BET Awards in October, and even admitted he was upset about Trump not tweeting or responding to it in anyway. It turns out he's eager because he's more than ready for that showdown. He compared Trump to Hitler on "Revival," and gets worked up just thinking about the president.
Here are five times Eminem unloaded on Trump in the interview:
He Was on Board a Trump Presidency (For a Minute)
"He makes my blood boil," Eminem said. "I can't even watch the news anymore because it makes me too stressed out." That wasn't always the case, though. An avid news junkie, Em has always been critical of the political machine in the United States.
"I remember when he was first sniffing around politics, I thought, 'We've tried everything else, why not him?'" Eminem recalled. It was a popular refrain from everyone tired of politics as usual in Washington, and Trump was an outsider promising to shake things up. But Eminem was quickly turned off.
"He had that speech where he said Mexico is sending us rapists and criminals. I got this feeling of what the f-ck?" Eminem said. "From that point on, I knew it was going to be bad with him. What he's doing putting people against each other is scary f-cking s--t."
Eminem remembers being so worked up about what Trump was doing that he let his anger spill onto those people who put Trump in power. "Trump had me so mad with all his bulls--t that I was thinking, 'I hope everybody who voted for him gets f--cked and learns a lesson,'" he said.
He understands why they did it, though. "Everyone's trying to improve their lives," he said. "I just feel mad that Trump's sold people a dream that's never coming true."
Trump was elected on a campaign promise of making America great again, but many critics fear that the moves he's made since entering office haven't been to the benefit of the working class people that put him there.
"The people that support him are the people he cares about the least and they don't even realize it," Eminem said. His conclusion for how Trump was able to rally support from among the lowest-income households was through rhetoric and brainwashing.
"At what point do you — a working-class citizen, someone who's trying to make s--t better for you and your family — think this guy who's never known struggle his entire f-cking life, who avoided the military because of bone spurs, who says he's a billionaire, is really looking out for you?" Eminem asked.
"His election was such a disappointment to me about the state of the country," he said. "I'm trying to get a message out there about him. I want our country to be great too, I want it to be the best it can be, but it's not going to be that with him in charge."
He Really Wants to Get in Twitter Fight With the President
After taking Trump to task in his BET Awards freestyle, Eminem was eagerly awaiting a response that never came. "It's not so much about him hearing something I have to say, because there's nothing I'm saying about him on 'Revival' that he doesn't already know about himself," Eminem explained. "It's more that I want him to answer me because I got ideas for all kinds of s--t to say back to him if he does."
If Trump does say something, we can expect Em's response to come quick. "I've got lines ready if he says something about me," he said. As clever a lyricist as Eminem can be, we can imagine some of those lines are pretty good. We're kind of hoping Trump lures them out by responding, too.
Fox News' Coverage of NFL Players Kneeling Infuriated Him
Eminem said he had to stop watching Fox News recently. "That s--t was making me want to jump through the TV and choke somebody," he said.
What got his ire up the most was the way the news outlet addressed the ongoing NFL protests, in which players kneel during the national anthem instead of standing proudly with their hand over their hearts.
"The Fox right-wing guys criticize Black Lives Matter for not being peaceful and then when a football player peacefully takes a knee they criticize that too," Eminem said.
"They say this s--t about, 'We just want football. We don't want to hear about your political problems.' To me, what they're really saying is, 'Shut up, N-word,'" Em said. "It's bulls--t!"