President Donald Trump hosted Sarah Palin and musicians Kid Rock and Ted Nugent at the White House on Wednesday night — a controversial guest list considering that Nugent once called for the Oval Office’s last occupant to be hanged.
Palin, the former Alaska governor whose conservative populist appeal is sometimes compared to Trump’s, posted a series of photos on her Facebook page on Thursday, thanking Trump for the invitation and describing the visit as “a great night at the White House.”
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In one of the photos, Palin, Kid Rock and Nugent are gathered around Trump’s desk in the Oval Office; others show Palin talking to Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.
And on Wednesday evening, she posted a picture of the three guests making faces in front of Hillary Clinton’s White House portrait from her time as first lady.
Inviting supporters and celebrities to dinner at the White House is far from unusual; former President Barack Obama famously hosted glamorous private parties there attended by the likes of Beyoncé, Meryl Streep and Stevie Wonder.
But Nugent has a history of stoking controversy with inflammatory remarks often condemned as racist, sexist or just generally out of line.
Notably, he has made comments interpreted as threatening Obama. In addition to describing the first black U.S. president at one point as a “gangster” and a “subhuman mongrel,” he said in 2012: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
As for Clinton, Nugent has called her a “worthless b—-.”
“Obama, he’s a piece of s—,” Nugent said at a concert in 2007. “I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b—-.”
Last year, Nugent also called for both Obama and Clinton to be “tried for treason and hung” because of their handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Nugent, who like Palin supported Trump’s campaign for president, made headlines last year when he grabbed at his crotch at a rally in Michigan.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Matthew Nussbaum contributed to this report.