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“When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that / Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada. All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather / Cause a twitter storm with the Packers.”

Yeah, I just watched Eminem do four minutes and thirty-four seconds of freestyle rap during the BET Hip Hop Awards blasting the living daylights out of President Donald J. Trump. Not only did the rapper actually made quite a bit of sense, he also did something pretty important by making the statement he did.

I’m serious. Stop rolling your eyes and listen to me. 

First, it takes balls to publicly call out Trump in the media because you know he could easily spend the morning on his gold-plated toilet sending out tweets threatening to nuke your house. Kidding aside, some celebrities want no parts of Trump’s vitriol and stay out of the headlines with their political opinions. Within about fifteen seconds, you know Eminem isn’t kidding around as he proceeds to tee off on the President without hesitation. Say what you want about Eminem, but he didn’t pull a single punch.

Second, and more importantly, your white teenage kids and grandkids watching the BET Hip Hop Awards probably respect Eminem’s opinion more than yours. Nothing personal, but that’s how it always goes. And when people start to get pointedly political in a setting and for an audience not accustomed to serious political messaging, it carries much more weight than you may think. Eminem made telling Trump to go fuck himself pretty cool with a demographic who probably wouldn’t watch anything political any other way.

Forget the medium. Focus on the message. That’s what’s important.

Finally, nobody can say Eminem didn’t do his homework. He comes right out and says you can still love your country and support the troops while still speaking out against injustice in America. Yeah, I know, you’ve been saying it for months now; but again, any way to get that message out is a positive.

Here are the actual lyrics of what Eminem said, with fantastic annotated links provided by Genius.com giving succinct explanations with actual facts to back them up:

This the calm before the storm right here
Wait, how was I gonna start this off? I forgot
Oh, yeah
That’s an awfully hot coffee pot
Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Probably not
But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot

Got a plan, and now I gotta hatch it
Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk

I’ma walk inside a mosque on Ramadan
And say a prayer that every time Donald talks

She gets a mop–ahh, I’ma stop
But we better give Obama props
‘Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze
That’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust

And while the drama pops and he waits for shit to quiet down
He’ll just gas his plane up and fly around ’til the bombing stops

Intensities heightened, tensions are rising
Trump, when it comes to giving a shit, you’re stingy as I am
Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em
‘Cause you don’t got the fucking nuts like an empty asylum

Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for
‘Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange

Yeah, sick tan, that’s why he wants us to disband
‘Cause he can not withstand
The fact we’re not afraid of Trump

Fuck walkin’ on egg shells, I came to stomp
That’s why he keeps screamin’, “Drain the swamp”
‘Cause he’s in quicksand

It’s like we take a step forwards, then backwards
But this is his form of distraction
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction
When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that
Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers

Then says he wants to lower our taxes
Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips
Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?

Same shit that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered
Then does it more
From his endorsement of Bannon
Support from the Klansmen
Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black
And comes home from Iraq
And is still told to go back to Africa

Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa
Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors
Now, if you’re a black athlete
You’re a spoiled little brat for tryna use your platform or your stature
To try to give those a voice who don’t have one

He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards”
Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered
‘Cause to him, you’re zeros
‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured
That’s not disrespecting the military

Fuck that, this is for Colin, ball up a fist
And keep that shit balled like Donald the bitch
“He’s gonna get rid of all immigrants”
“He’s gonna build that thing up taller than this”
Well, if he does build it, I hope it’s rock solid with bricks

‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks
‘Cause I’m throwing that piece of shit against the wall ’til it sticks
And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his
I’m drawing, in the sand, a line
You’re either for or against
And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split
On who you should stand beside
I’ll do it for you with this:
“Fuck you!”

The rest of America stand up
We love our military, and we love our country
But we fucking hate Trump

Maybe he uses some words you wouldn’t use, and maybe it’s not in a style you really appreciate, but it’s hard to deny his passion. Call Eminem whatever you want; after tonight, all I’m going to call him is a patriot.

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