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Keith Olbermann got taken to task after giving Eminem a backhanded compliment

Keith Olbermann in 2007.

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Keith Olbermann in 2007.

Keith Olbermann tried to lose himself in the music. Unfortunately, it didn’t go over too well with some.

The political commentator and former WCVB-TV sportscaster received some backlash on Twitter after posting his praise Tuesday night for Eminem’s freestyle rap video tearing into President Trump.

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In the video, which aired during BET’s Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, Eminem slammed Trump as ‘‘a kamikaze who will probably cause a nuclear holocaust,’’ adding, “Trump, when it comes to giving a [expletive], you’re as stingy as I am . . . ’cause you don’t have the nuts, like an empty asylum.”

Warning: Video contains graphic language.

Olbermann, who is an outspoken Trump critic, applauded Eminem’s rap, saying that “after 27 years of doubts about rap I am now an @Eminem fan. Best political writing of the year, period.” Olbermann also included the hashtag #Eminem2020.

However, Olbermann’s comments led to some head-scratching from rap fans.

However, hours later, Olbermann seemed to double down on his statement.

Olbermann even used one criticism to get in a dig at Trump.

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However, some also defended Olbermann’s tweets.

It’s well known that Olbermann, who worked at WCVB-TV in Boston in 1984, is not a fan of Trump. He listed his Trump Palace apartment in New York City for $3.9 million in April 2016, mere months after Trump won the GOP presidential primary. He also penned a book titled “Trump is [expletive] Crazy: (This is Not a Joke),” which is due out later this month.

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