I get almost flustered thinking about him — that’s how angry he makes me. I just want people to think about things: What has he really done for you in the year since he’s been in office? People said you were tapping into the same feelings that Trump is now tapping into, and speaking for the same —I was speaking for everybody: white, black, whatever nationality. So given your position, do you feel like you have any unique insights on Trumpism? Pretty much everyone I knew was like, “No, he can’t get elected” and I was watching those rallies going, “Yo, man, this shit is real.” But I don’t know if that has anything to do with any parallels between me and him.
The people that support him are the people he cares about the least and they don’t even realize it. Your music is popular in some of the same parts of the country where Trump’s support is strongest. The way you looked probably made a difference as to who was identifying with you most strongly. I took the fact I was poor white trash and I owned it.
There’s a lot of shit I say in jest / That is tough to swallow.” You know, there’s a book called ; it’s all fucked up shit; it makes me laugh — and that kind of stuff is where my brain goes. I can’t even watch the news anymore because it makes me too stressed out.
I’m not saying I’ve never gone too far, but people shouldn’t be looking to me for political correctness. They involve politics more than political correctness but there are tracks on where it sure seems like you’re asking people to take you seriously. People who know my music can tell when I’m joking around and when I’m being honest about a subject. All jokes aside, all punch lines aside, I’m trying to get a message out there about him.
But what about artists who aren’t willing to take that risk?
This is a guy who was born rich, who says he got a small loan from his father of a million dollars.
“I’m halfway to a world record,” he says proudly, his high scores flickering on the screen.
I notice a piece of plastic that’s been placed on top of the console. “I got mad at the game and punched the screen and broke it. ” Occasional gaming outbursts aside, Eminem has lately been saving most of his ire for President Trump.
At what point do you — a working-class citizen, someone who’s trying to make shit better for you and your family — think this guy who’s never known struggle his entire fucking life, who avoided the military because of bone spurs, who says he’s a billionaire, is really looking out for you? How do you hope the Trump presidency plays out in 2018? How do you reconcile your feelings about Trump with the likelihood that a lot of your fans like him too? So I could understand why people who grew up in similar situations would relate to what I was saying.
But I don’t know, man, the differences between me and him are bigger than any parallels. He’s made it acceptable for the white man to feel oppressed.