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

Keith Olbermann in 2007.
Keith Olbermann in 2007.(Associated Press/File)

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.

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.”

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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.

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.