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Formerly Overweight rock star and raging anti-Trump zealot Axl Rose of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses took a swipe at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a Twitter post Wednesday, sparking a war of words (or tweets, rather) that captivated the world’s attention.
The war of words began at 6:28 pm EST, when Rose posted a tweet accusing Mnuchin of being an a-hole.
Look (*Language warning):
It’s official! Whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he’s officially an asshole.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 6, 2020
Mnuchin responded two hours later by asking Rose, “What have you done for the country lately?”
And so not surprisingly, Rose ignored the question and instead listed off a series of conspiracies about the Trump administration.
What have you done for the country lately? 🇺🇸
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) May 7, 2020
My bad I didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model but on the real unlike this admin I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths n’ unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 7, 2020
The idea that the Trump administration is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic that’s rocked nearly all nations and killed over 250,000 people worldwide is insane.
As for Rose’s claim that Mnuchin has been telling the American people to travel during a pandemic, that’s a misrepresentation of what really happened.
Speaking with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo earlier in the week, he said that President Donald Trump “is looking for ways to stimulate travel.”
“We want people to travel safely, to be able to visit places safely,” he said.
Asked by Bartiromo about the prospect of international travel opening back up, however, Mnuchin said that the risks for that remain too grave.
“Too hard to tell at this point,” he said. “I hope down the road it is, but I’d say our priority is opening up the domestic economy. Obviously, for business people that do need to travel, there will be travel on a limited basis, but this is a great time for people to explore America. A lot of people haven’t seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon, so we’re looking to all get back to business.”
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Despite Rose’s bellyaching, even experts agree that some forms of travel are safe for this summer.
“Consider taking a road trip or going camping, suggests Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician for Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He says minimal-contact options like those will be the safest options this summer and ideal for people who want to keep their risk factors low,” USA Today reported last week.
But clearly, Rose doesn’t pay attention to the experts. In fact, the evidence suggests he doesn’t pay close attention to anything but wild conspiracy theories.
Back in 2018, for instance, he accused first lady Melania Trump of being a “former hooker” who immigrated to the United States illegally, despite there being no evidence to substantiate this theory.
“Axl Rose is one of those suspicious of Melania’s past. However, he’s not only attacking her immigration status. In a series of tweets last night, the Guns N’ Roses frontman downright accused of the First Lady of being a ‘former hooker,'” Yahoo News reported at the time.
Now, while Rose’s tweets received plenty of fanfare from other conspiracy-touting left-wingers who also hate the president, those conservative and moderate Americans who actually pay attention to the fact were not as nice.
Conservative commentator Mark Dice suggested Rose is a know-nothing:
Axl Rose, world renowned financial expert weighs in on coronavirus relief efforts.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 7, 2020
Members of the rock band Trapt pointed out that the United States has fewer coronavirus deaths per capita than most European nations:
You are a virtue signaling idiot! UK has 1/2 the number of deaths of US with 1/5 of US population, yet you don’t hear English artists bashing their leaders. US has lower deaths per million people than MOST of Europe, u asshole! Trump saved millions of lives with his 2 travel bans
— TRAPT (@TRAPTOFFICIAL) May 7, 2020
Former Navy SEAL turned conservative commentator Jonathan T. Gilliam poked fun at Rose’s hairdo and suggested he’s just mad he can’t get a haircut:
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) May 7, 2020
They are upset because Corona keeping them from gettin their hair did.
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) May 7, 2020
Meanwhile, many, many, many others told Rose that he’s the real a-hole.
Look: (**Language Warning)
I’ll take your word for it, you’re an expert at being an asshole.🤘
— Jeff Thormund (@JThormund) May 7, 2020
Dude, you would show up literally hours late to your own concerts! You didnt give a shit about your fans!
So if we are giving labels of ASSHOLE you’ve definitely had that official title for years.
— I’m not a Bedshitter! (@Joechachi1) May 7, 2020
Come on Axl! I’m a huge fan, but u can’t call anyone an asshole especially for all the things u did to people in your past and ur own band mates. Once again, huge fan! New music please and thank u!
— CanesEq (@UMCanesEq) May 7, 2020
Axl calling someone an asshole is like Jeffrey Dahmer telling Ted Bundy he has issues! 😆 oh and how’s the writing going without izzy the last 20 years??
— 80sCouple (@80sCouple) May 7, 2020
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