WASHINGTON — Many of President Trump’s advisers say he never would have gotten to the White House without the celebrity-candidate precedent set by Sarah Palin. On Wednesday, he returned the favor.
The former Alaska governor, whose slashing, populist-in-pumps political style prefigured Mr. Trump’s economic nationalist message, bonded with the president, another former reality TV star, during a Wednesday evening West Wing dinner that ended with, appropriately enough, a flaming dish of Baked Alaska.
The visit, which was not listed on the president’s public schedule, included an Oval Office photo shoot and a pose by Mrs. Palin under Hillary Clinton’s official portrait in the basement of the executive residence.
Accompanying Mrs. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, were a pair of gun-loving, stringy-haired rock ‘n’ roll/rock bad boys — Ted Nugent, guitar player, hunter and paleoconservative, and Kid Rock, who rode the short-lived country-rap-rock trend to fame, which included a brief marriage to Pamela Anderson.
“President Trump’s invitation for dinner included bringing a couple of friends,” Mrs. Palin wrote on her web page, which displays a series of behind-the-scenes snapshots with a grinning Mr. Trump.
“Asked why I invited Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, I joked, ‘Because Jesus was booked,’” she wrote.