Oh, Say, Can You See? It’s Not So Easy
It’s official: Donald Trump has a song.
At a Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida earlier this week, three young girls performed one of the most glorious acts of patriotism we’ve seen in I don’t know how long. The video is now going viral, and any red-blooded American can understand why: because it’s a goldmine.
And no, I don’t mean a goldmine for the Trump campaign, I mean a goldmine for the internet. Rarely do such incredible videos come our way, and even more rarely are they 100% serious and not made ironically.
Yes, people actually took the time and effort to write this song, choreograph the dance, and have these girls perform it in front of millions of viewers. It’s like a drunk Uncle Sam got lost in Kidz Bop Hell and came back with pleated skirts.
Naturally I’ve already memorized the words and choreography for this, purely as a continuation of my facetious run as a Trump supporter, but there really are several important takeaways we should all be aware of, regardless of how we feel about the outspoken candidate.
Watch the Trump Song!
4. Subliminal Messaging
Firstly, the song rips off several famous patriotic tunes and phrases, so there is an inherent, understood sense of Americanism that is sure to make your pride swell without you even realizing it. Namely, this is some trippy electronic version of “Over There” with numerous allusions to the National Anthem.
Next, the song subtly drops lyrics like “President Donald Trump knows how to make America great,” thus already referring to the candidate as president so that the idea seems more natural to us. Just watch how easily the audience gets entranced and starts a perfectly-timed clap (you never see that actually work!).
One of the most striking things about this video is the inherent violence in the lyrics. It starts with the smallest girl shouting “Take ’em down,” with “em” referring to the “enemies of freedom.” A little girl is literally shouting for us or our soldiers to kill people, right there on stage.
Then the trio all comes together to sing “Deal from strength or get crushed every time.” Sorry, what? Their dance moves and outfits might be cute, but why are we convincing Americans to elect a violent president that wants to rule with an iron fist?