President Donald Trump's administration may seem like it should exist in an alternate reality, or even a crazy fever dream, but things got truly weird on Wednesday night when some special guests showed up at the White House. President Trump invited former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the White House, and, boy, did she bring some interesting guests. Along with Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent visited Trump and posed for photos with him in the Oval Office.
No, that's not a joke. It's not terribly surprising that Palin was given the opportunity to meet with Trump in the White House — the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate supported Trump throughout his 2016 campaign, after all. However, the two musicians were a surprising choice for White House guests.
Being the company of Kid Rock is one thing, but Nugent? The controversial musician has a history of making offensive and downright inappropriate statements about former President Barack Obama and his administration. In January 2016, he called for Obama and Hillary Clinton to be hanged for their involvement in Benghazi.
According to Politico, Nugent has also called Obama a "gangster" and a "subhuman mongrel." During an especially rowdy speech at a 2007 concert, he told Obama to "suck on my machine gun." Nugent supported Trump during the presidential campaign.
According to ABC News, the group's visit was not on the official White House schedule, and they had dinner together.
Nugent said that their conversation centered on federal policy. He added, "We discussed specifically the counterproductive follies of the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, BLM and other out-of-control bureaucracies."
One can only imagine what was actually said about these agencies and organizations, but given the outspoken opinions of those involved, it couldn't have been good. Allowing someone with such hateful rhetoric an opportunity to be a guest at the White House, also known as the People's House, is a provocative choice, to say the least.
As if all of this wasn't weird enough, the group apparently also took the time to make faces in front of Clinton's first lady White House portrait.
We are officially 90 days in to Trump's presidency, and with investigations into ties with Russia, tensions rising with North Korea, a hearing on one of Trump's executive orders set for early May, and so many other things happening, you can be sure it will only get more interesting from here.