Eminem has never been shy about attacking fellow celebrities in his music. Since his first album, he has used lyrics to belittle well-known names such as Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Nick Cannon, Will Smith, Moby, Machine Gun Kelly, and even his own mother. But Marshall Mathers quickly learned that threatening the President of the United States will get you a visit from the Secret Service.
In Eminem’s 2017 Revival track Framed, the rapper said that he murdered President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and she was in the trunk of his car, a premise Em has used in past songs.
Woke up, it was dawn, musta knew somethin’ was wrong / Think I’m becomin’ a monster ’cause of the drugs that I’m on / Donald Duck’s on, there’s a Tonka Truck in the yard / But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car? / Gotta get to the bottom of it to try to solve it / Must go above and beyond, ’cause it’s incumbent upon me / Plus I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde / Girl, that motherf*ckin’ baton twirler that got dumped in the pond / Second murder with no recollection of it
The Secret Service believed that the rap lyrics were enough of a threat to interview Eminem. According to documents obtained by BuzzFeed, Eminem was interviewed by the Secret Service for the rap lyrics on January 16, 2018. Eminem’s legal team was also present for the meeting.
BuzzFeed filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Secret Service to see if the government investigated the threat. They did interview Slim Shady and released 40 pages of heavily-redacted documents concerning the investigation.
The Secret Service revealed that the investigation was initiated by “a concerned citizen” who reported Marshall Mathers to the authorities. The Secret Service stated Eminem was “exhibiting inappropriate behavior” and said that he “threatens protectee.”
Eminem has been trying to get President Trump’s attention for a few years now. Eminem gave an interview to Sway in 2018 and talked about the Secret Service visit.
“They came to my studio. They was just basically asking me questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them, and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself,” Eminem told Sway.
In Eminem’s Kamikaze lead single The Ringer, he rapped about the Secret Service meeting. “Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service, to meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him,” Eminem rapped.
In 2017, Eminem gave an interview to Vulture where he said that President Trump “makes my blood boil” and “I can’t even watch the news anymore because it makes me too stressed out.” Eminem continued, “His election was such a disappointment to me about the state of the country.”
At the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards show, Eminem rapped, “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.”
Eminem also gave the middle finger to any of his fans who were also Trump supporters. “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,” then he flips the middle finger.
Eminem first made anti-Trump remarks in the 2017 joint No Favors. “I’m anti, can’t no government handle a commando. Your man don’t want it, Trump’s a b*tch, I’ll make his whole brand go under.”