While promoting his new album “Bad Reputation” and its companion tour, Kid Rock had discussed his relationship with former President Donald Trump and the conservative ethos that inspired his music, so it seemed only fitting that the man who he described “just knows how to have fun” would make a special guest appearance to kick off the show.
Born Robert James Ritchie, the musician began the run of more than 30 performances that will stretch into October on Wednesday at Ford Center in Evansville, IN. While fans fervently waited for the show to begin, an announcement was heard introducing the guest.
“We have a very special announcement,” the emcee paused for dramatic effect, “from the 45th president of the United States of America.”
Warning: Adult Language
Trump makes video appearance at Kid Rock concert: "Let's make America ROCK Again!" 🔥🎸 pic.twitter.com/JHfUoHEwYj
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 8, 2022
“Hello, everyone,” Trump said to raucous applause as he appeared on screen behind the drum set. “I love you all. I know you’re having a great time at the Kid Rock concert tonight. Quite frankly, he’s amazing.”
“All of you in attendance are the true backbone of our great country; hard-working, God-fearing, rock-and-roll patriots,” the president added echoing sentiments that Ritchie has expressed about his fan base.
“Bob is truly one of the greatest entertainers of our time,” Trump went on before quipping about their friendship. “Not the best golfer by any means, his golf game could use a little work. But a great, great entertainer, and that’s why you’re there.”
The president took advantage of the moment to highlight conservative values suggesting to those gathered, “Let’s all continue to love one another, fight for our God-given freedoms, and most of all, let’s make America rock again.”
“Have a wonderful time tonight. God bless you and God bless America,” Trump concluded after he donned a “Make America Rock Again” hat before Ritchie’s show began with a performance of his latest single, “We the People,” while wearing a sequined Uncle Sam inspired getup.
Ritchie has stated the value of not being beholden to corporate interests and how that frees him to follow his instincts. “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,” he said in a promotional interview with Tucker Carlson, “sometimes not so much.”
“That’s why I liked him from the beginning,” Ritchie had said of his friend Trump after noting the similarities in the way they say it like it is.
Social media was quick to cement exactly why the rocker is a unique figure in the conservative movement. As Ritchie has stated, regarding entertainers with shared views and values, “there’s a ton of ’em…me and Trump talk about that a lot. They have no idea how many of us there are out there.”
“The Country guys have to understandably careful,” though he noted, since they would see the kind of backlash that Ritchie has seen. Lacking self-awareness, the lemmings of Twitter flocked to posts of the video to echo their shared “unique” perspective that they were witnessing a cult.
Media figures, who are subject to ridicule in Ritchie’s opening song, were also compelled to protest the support that President Trump continues to receive. Paul Waldman from the Washington Post wrote, “Nothing captures the rebellious spirit of rock ‘n roll quite like a corrupt 75 year old plutocrat with a fake tan talking about golf.”
Nothing captures the rebellious spirit of rock 'n roll quite like a corrupt 75 year old plutocrat with a fake tan talking about golf https://t.co/15wbP2HHmq
— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) April 9, 2022
Of course, fans wouldn’t just let that stand.
Nothing says, “I’m jealous.” more than your reaction. I am glad President Trump still owns your thoughts.
— Gary Hazelton (@The_Nut_84) April 9, 2022
It was awesome! Loved the concert and the patrism of everyone there. A speech from Trump was a special treat. The crowd loved it.
— Ruth (@gmaruth76) April 10, 2022
Get ready… he’ll be back. You’ll be gone. Are you one of the fake journalists President Trump warns Americans about?? Must be, you’re spreading democratic hate as usual.
— Chel (@Michele21653719) April 9, 2022
You’re just jelly.
— Bonnie (@divorced2011) April 9, 2022
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