Duncan Smith turns to Eminem lyrics in Diane Abbott jibe
The former Conservative leader unexpectedly rapped on the GMB sofa.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has rapped lyrics by Eminem as part of a jibe at shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.
Mr Duncan Smith quoted words from the hit song Lose Yourself on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, saying when Ms Abbott opens her mouth no words come out.
It follows Ms Abbott’s car crash interview on LBC last week when she stumbled over the cost of Labour’s policy to put new police officers on the streets.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “I only said, because you were talking about Eminem earlier on, and I said of course that he had those Lose Yourself lyrics, that are some lyrics for Diane Abbott.
“It’s halfway down, and he says he opens his mouth, but the words don’t come out, he’s choking now, everybody’s joking now, and the clock’s run out.
“I thought Diane had been checking that one out, actually.”
Host Piers Morgan described the incident light-heartedly as “one of the great iconic cultural moments I’ve probably ever experienced on this sofa”, while Labour’s Chuka Umunna, who was also appearing as a guest on the show, laughed along at Mr Duncan Smith’s unexpected rap.
Morgan added: “Iain Duncan Smith, perhaps the last person you would expect to know this, was talking about a message for Diane Abbott, and he began reciting lyrics from Eminem.”
Mr Umunna, who was as entertained as Morgan, said: “He was rapping, he was rapping!”
Mr Duncan Smith had first recited the lyrics off-camera, but was encouraged to do it once again by Morgan.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “I only said that, because you were talking about Eminem earlier on, I said, of course, the Lose Yourself lyrics, there are some lyrics for Diane Abbott.
“It starts halfway down, and he says, ‘he opens his mouth but the words don’t come out, he’s choking now, everybody’s joking now and the clock’s run out’.”