Trump just opened yet another rally with a bizarre song choice and no one knows what to think

Sanjana Varghese
Friday 18 September 2020 11:30
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Donald Trump’s choice of campaign music has often been bizarre – and led to tons of cease and desist letters from various artists.

Musicians like Rihanna and Adele have told him to stop using their music for his rallies.

In Wisconsin on Thursday night, Trump used ‘Fortunate Son’ by Credence Clearwater Revival again – if you’ve never heard the song before, it’s about wealthy men who avoided the draft in Vietnam.

Some of the song’s lyrics are :

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

Trump has been criticised in the past for avoiding the draft for the Vietnam War by getting a diagnosis of “bone spurs”. He avoided the draft on five separate occasions, despite the fact that he was a college athlete. Maybe Trump should have listened to the lyrics more closely, considering how difficult it is for him to take criticism.

Even John Fogerty, the lead singer of Credence Clearwater Revival, posted a video about the incident – he explained that he had been drafted, and he thought it was unfair that wealthy people were able to avoid the draft because of family connections or spurious doctors’ notes.

But Trump used 'Fortunate Son' again at this rally – walking out on stage to the opening strains of it – despite the fact that people have been criticising his use of it for weeks.

Maybe someone on Trump’s team should try using Google to check what the song is about before opening rallies with it – but it’s hardly surprising that his administration hasn’t been able to do any basic fact-checking.

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