Who the Hell is Choosing Trump’s Rally Music?

Conventional wisdom states that music chosen for candidates’ political rallies should reflect a message that’s consistent with the campaign’s overall message and identity.

Barack Obama’s rally songs included Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” (2008) and Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” (2012). Hillary Clinton’s 2016 choices included “Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” and Sare Bareilles’s “Brave”.

This year’s tunes included John Lennon’s “Power to The People”, Bernie Sanders; Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”, Elizabeth Warren; Mary J. Blige’s “Work That”, Kamala Harris; and Jake Sinclair and Jonas Jeberg’s “High Hopes”, Pete Buttigieg.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s kept the Obama theme going with “Higher and Higher” and also chose Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own”.

Notice the themes of these song choices: love, courage, strength, freedom, hope, inspiration, empowerment, equality.

But whoever is choosing Donald Trump’s rally music is clearly not paying attention to lyrics and titles. It’s as if the stable genius himself hears a melody he likes, barks “play THAT one!” to his minions, and the Emperer’s New Music game begins…

“Who’s gonna tell him?”

“Well, I’m not gonna tell him”

“Neither am I. Just play the damn song…”

Trump’s songs represent the polar opposite of the messaging he should be projecting. They show his true character. His true feelings. His darkest side.

So let’s analyze some of these rally song choices and the Trump personality traits and flaws their inappropriate lyrics and titles highlight:

“Brown Sugar” (Rolling Stones) — how he truly views black (and young) women:

Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in the market down in New Orleans
Scarred old slaver knows he’s doin’ all right
Hear him whip the women just around midnight

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good
Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should

“It’s All Over Now” (Rolling Stones) — his true opinion of Melania and their future divorce:

Well, she used to run around with every man in town
She spent all my money, playing her high class game
She put me out, it was a pity how I cried
Tables turn and now her turn to cry

“Macho Man” (Village People) — aspiration

Every man wants to be a macho man
To have the kind of body always in demand

“Rocket Man” (Elton John) — his love for Kim Jong Un, of course, but more so his feelings of inadequacy and of being a total fraud:

I’m not the man they think I am at home

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Rolling Stones) — broken campaign promises; feeding red meat to the base:

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

And perhaps the worst song choice possible for Trump, which rails against privileged sons of millionaires who dodged the Vietnam draft while other less fortunate young men were sent to fight and die in their place…and who sacrifice nothing for country:

“Fortunate Son” (Credence Clearwater Revival) — cowardice and selfishness:

Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooh, their red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

It ain’t me
It ain’t me
I ain’t no senator’s son, son
It ain’t me
It ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one, no

Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand
Lord, don’t they help themselves, y’all
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yeah

It ain’t me
It ain’t me
I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no
It ain’t me
It ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one, no

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