Axl Rose, Steven Mnuchin exchange insults in COVID Twitter feud
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose traded barbs with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday, noting the number of Americans killed during the coronavirus pandemic and saying the Trump Cabinet secretary is “officially an asshole.”
“It’s official!” the rock star and Trump critic wrote on his seldom-used Twitter account.
In a surprise move, Mnuchin responded and asked, “What have you done for the country lately?”
What have you done for the country lately?
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) May 7, 2020
Social media users were quick to note that Mnuchin had initially used the emoji of the Liberia flag, which includes a single star, instead of the U.S. flag.
The Treasury chief quickly deleted his original tweet and replaced it with one featuring the correct flag.
Pretty hilarious to call out Axl Rose’s American patriotism and then ADD THE WRONG FLAG pic.twitter.com/6Fc7fSSgfb
— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) May 7, 2020
So Steve Mnuchin tried to own Axl Rose and used the flag for Liberia?
Can’t make this shit up https://t.co/13gqa1csvr
— Koko (@Kokomothegreat) May 7, 2020
= United States
Thanks for coming to my TED talk, @stevenmnuchin1.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) May 7, 2020
The switch did not go unnoticed by Rose, who sarcastically tweeted that he “didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model.”
The musician then elaborated on his initial criticism of the Trump administration, saying he was not responsible for more than 70,000 deaths.
“Unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic,” he wrote.
My bad I didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model but on the real unlike this admin I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths n’ unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 7, 2020
Rose appeared to be referencing Mnuchin’s suggestion on Monday that Americans should consider traveling domestically instead of making long-haul flights during the coronavirus pandemic.
During an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Mnuchin said it is a “great time for people to explore America.”
“A lot of people haven’t seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon,” he said.
The rare tweet from Rose came after the band’s version of “Live and Let Die” was heard blasting through the speakers as President Trump toured a factory producing N95 respirators for coronavirus response efforts.
Rose was heard in the background singing, “If this ever-changing world in which we live in / Makes you give in and cry / say live and let die.”
I can think of no better metaphor for this presidency than Donald Trump not wearing a face mask to a face mask factory while the song “Live and Let Die” blares in the background. pic.twitter.com/mJzU1HW7HA
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 5, 2020
Rose, a frequent critic of the president, in 2018 blasted Trump for playing the band’s music at his rallies after members formally requested him not to.