It’s not exactly a secret that Eminem doesn’t like Donald Trump. During the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Eminem dropped a pre-taped freestyle called “The Storm,” in which Slim Shady dragged Not-So-Slim & Extremely Shady for four-and-a-half minutes. Then about a year later, her released his most recent album Kamikaze, the first song of which was titled “The Ringer” and included more lyrical air-kisses to Trump. In one such lyric, Eminem claimed that Donald sent the Secret Service after him, because Trump obviously has nothing better to do than send his goons after a man who has made a career off of dissing literally everyone. Well, one year after that, we’re learning that Eminem wasn’t exaggerating. He really was investigated by the Secret Service.
You can read the lyrics of “The Storm” here, but here’s how it begins:
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
I guess if you’re an insecure turd who spends all their time scrolling Twitter from the toilet, then yeah, maybe that might seem like a genuine threat. These are the lyrics of “The Ringer” in question:
These verses are makin’ him a wee bit nervous
And he’s too scurred to answer me with words
‘Cause he knows that he will lyrically get murdered
But I know at least he’s heard it
‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service
To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him
Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists
I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists’
At the time, the Secret Service refused to confirm whether they did or didn’t stop by Eminem’s house for a chat, but they did say that they investigate all threats against the President. BuzzFeed decided to investigate Eminem’s claims, and thankfully it was pretty easy for them. Last year, BuzzFeed filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Secret Service. They really took their chances with that one. I’d be terrified that the Secret Service would respond by showing up at my door with an orange rag soaked in night-night juice, and I’d wake up in a field with a note taped to my chest in Eric’s crayon-scribbled handwriting that read: “STOP AKSING KWESCHUNS.”
But BuzzFeed’s FOIA request was returned with 40 pages of documents, the gist of which was that the Secret Service just interviewed Eminem.
It turns out their interest in speaking with him was based on “threatening lyrics” from his rap “Framed” that appeared on Revival. The Secret Service characterized Eminem as “exhibiting inappropriate behavior” and noted that he, via the rap, “threatens protectee.”
It also noted that their case had been closed.
As for why the investigation happened in the first place, that’s where this gets weird. It revealed that the Secret Service was actually investigating lyrics from Eminem’s song “Framed” from his 2017 album Revival, in which Eminem made the following comments about Ivanka Trump.
But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?
The Secret Service received a call from a concerned citizen in December 2017 about Eminem’s lyric. And the call came from…Rebekah Vardy. No! It came from someone at TMZ.
They sent the Secret Service an email with a link to an article in the Hill about the song. “I want to know if your agency is investigating Eminem for his threatening lyrics about First daughter Ivanka Trump,” the person wrote.
BuzzFeed notes that just hours before the call was made, TMZ posted about Eminem using his lyrics to criticize Trump. TMZ has been known to post cutesy puff pieces about 45, like when he crashed a wedding, or Ivanka dancing with locals in Ethiopia.
The Secret Service’s investigation “evidence” included lyrics, as well as a Vulture interview Eminem gave in 2017, where he shat on Trump again. BuzzFeed says that during Eminem’s interview with the Secret Service, he rapped along to lyrics they read out during their questioning. So clearly, Eminem didn’t really give a fuck.
The Secret Service’s Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division also reportedly did a background check on Eminem. Um…and how did that go? Who is so unfamiliar with Eminem that they needed to dig into his past? And what kind of shocking information did they find? I bet at least one Secret Service member arrived with some Wet Wipes. “I’m worried he might arrive with vomit on his sweater, and I don’t want him to get his mom’s spaghetti on anything.”