Donald Trump Describes Playing The “Gay National Anthem” And The “Ymca”

Donald Trump has stated that he enjoys playing the Village People’s song “YMCA” at his Mar–a–Lago property because the “gay national anthem” is always a hit. The former president was asked what music he loves to listen to while holding gatherings at his exclusive Florida estate in an interview on the Full Send podcast that was released on Wednesday. After it was announced in February that Trump would be “playing the role of disc jockey” in a message to Mar-a-Lago club members, the question arose. Trump stated that he does not “spin” or DJ at these events, but rather “picks the music I like.”

When asked what his “go to banger” is, Trump replied: “I have a lot of them. You know a song that does get people moving?—I love Broadway stuff, Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis etc—You know what gets them rocking? ‘YMCA.'”

“‘YMCA’, the gay national anthem. Did you ever hear that? They call it the gay national anthem,” he said. “But ‘YMCA’ gets people up and it gets them moving.”

Trump added that his choice of song to follow the 1978 disco hit is “maybe” Sam & Dave’s 1966 track “Hold On, I’m Comin.’ “You know we just have a good time,” he said.

Trump’s fondness for the Village People’s song is well known. During his 2020 campaign rallies and events, he had previously performed the song, as well as another Village People hit song, “Macho Man.”

Following the harsh clearing of Black Lives Matter demonstrators from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. in June 2020, Victor Willis, vocalist and co-founder of the Village People, urged that Trump cease playing the songs at his rallies.

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Tear gas and batons were allegedly used against the demonstrators so Trump could pose for a photo at St. John’s Episcopal Church while holding a Bible.

“If Trump orders the U.S. military to fire on his own citizens (on U.S. soil), Americans will rise up in such numbers outside of the White House that he might be forced out of office prior to the election,” Willis, AKA “the cop” wrote on Facebook at the time.

“Don’t do it Mr. President! And I ask that you no longer use any of my music at your rallies especially ‘Y.M.C.A.’ and ‘Macho Man.’ Sorry, but I can no longer look the other way.”

Despite being warned to stop, Trump continued to play the track as he boarded Air Force One for the final time at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2020.

The Village People said in a letter to The Huffington Post that Trump had ignored their request to stop playing their songs at his events because “he’s a bully.” The group added: “Thankfully he’s now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended.”


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