Trump supporters filmed in bizarre protest dancing in MAGA hats and masks while singing YMCA

Louis Staples
Monday 27 April 2020 17:15
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(Twitter/indy100)

By now it’s an accepted fact that there’s a considerable crossover between groups protesting lockdown measures across America and people who turn up to president Trump’s rallies.

The visual similarities are obvious: guns, American flags and angry placards which don’t always make a lot of sense.

But just over a week after Trump appeared to throw his backing behind protesters in a series of tweets, before calling them “great people”, the protesters have now gone full MAGA.

In Wisconsin, a group of Trump supporters gathered to protest the lockdown measures introduced by the state’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer.

To everyone’s surprise, the group of protesters broke into a rendition of YMCA, the iconic song by the Village People.

As they sang and danced, they changed the famous letters to M-A-G-A.

This actually isn’t the first time the song has been sung by Trump’s supporters. It’s quite common for his supporters to sing YMCA at rallies, such as a memorable occasion in Minneapolis in 2019. On Trump’s state visit to India, he walked out on stage to ‘Macho Man’, another Village People song. The band even said earlier this year that their fans want them to ban Trump from using their music.

So maybe Trump’s just a really big fan?

Regardless, the song has a special place in gay culture. Taken at face value, its lyrics promote the Young Men's Christian Association. However, the song was implicitly understood to be celebrating YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for younger men.

So it seems like a surprise that ardent supporters of Trump, who aren’t exactly known for being pro-LGBTQ+ (to put it mildly), would be embracing this particular song.

On Twitter, people noticed this apparent contradiction...

It's just another day in the bizarre universe that is the year 2020...

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