Cast ‘vote’ in 2004 for fu­ture fierce foe Eminem

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY LEONARD GREENE

YEARS BE­FORE Eminem ripped Pres­i­dent Trump in a tele­vised freestyle rap, The Don­ald stood at a plat­form and heaped praise on the lyri­cist.

Video from 2004 shows Trump at a cam­paign-style rally re­plete with scream­ing fans and po­lit­i­cal plac­ards giv­ing the rap­per — also known as Slim Shady — a full-throated en­dorse­ment.

“Of course I’m right. I’m al­ways right. I’m Don­ald Trump,” he says. “I’m al­ways right. And Don­ald Trump is telling you right now, Slim Shady is a win­ner. He’s got brains. He’s got guts. And he’s got Don­ald Trump’s vote.”

The throw­back video was get­ting some YouTube at­ten­tion Wednesday in the wake of Eminem’s epic diss of Trump in a rap Tues­day night on the BET Hip Hop Awards.

The flashback was from Eminem’s “Shady National Con­ven­tion,” an MTV con­cert fea­tur­ing ap­pear­ances by “cab­i­net mem­bers” 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, and “cam­paign man­ager” Lu­dacris.

Mu­sic mogul Diddy was “the mayor.”

But the high­light of the pro­gram, at least in ret­ro­spect, was Trump, who pulled no punches in nam­ing Eminem the best man for the job, what­ever that was.

“This is the best city any­where in the world, am I right?” Trump says on the video, as he brags about New York.

Fast-for­ward 13 years, and the in­ter­net is wait­ing with bated breath for Trump’s Twit­ter re­sponse to Eminem’s toxic, foul­mouthed take­down, dur­ing which the rap­per blasted the Pres­i­dent on ev­ery­thing from his pro­posed wall at the Mex­i­can bor­der to his war of words with North Korea over nu­clear weapons.

“We bet­ter give Obama props/ ’Cause what we got in of­fice now’s a kamikaze/ That’ll prob’ly cause a nu­clear holo­caust/ And while the drama pops/ And he waits for s--- to quiet down, he’ll just gas his plane up and fly around till the bomb­ing stops.”

The 41/2-minute rap at­tack, called “The Storm,” also ques­tioned Trump’s pri­or­i­ties and his pa­tri­o­tism.

“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.”

Eminem ended the rap by say­ing his fans had to choose be­tween him and Trump.

“And any fan of mine who’s a sup­porter of his, I’m draw­ing in the sand a line,” Eminem said.

“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 it for you with this. F--you.”

Then he raised his mid­dle fin­ger.

Eminem doesn’t care about props of­fered 13 years back (left) by Don­ald Trump.

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