Donald Trump chooses the worst possible song for a rally

Donald Trump really needs a music director who knows what they’re doing when it comes to selecting music for his campaign rallies.

At a recent stop, the crowd was treated to CCR’s “Fortunate Son,” which is the worst possible song for a Trump rally. John Fogerty wrote the song for Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album, Willy and the Poor Boys, as an anti-Vietnam song. Fogerty was thinking of David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower, and the husband of Julie Nixon, daughter of President Nixon. This led him to ponder how rich kids somehow managed to avoid the Vietnam War through some kind of deferment.

I quote from Fogerty’s memoir:

“‘Fortunate Son’ wasn’t really inspired by any one event. Julie Nixon was dating David Eisenhower. You’d hear about the son of this senator or that congressman who was given a deferment from the military or a choice position in the military. They seemed privileged and whether they liked it or not, these people were symbolic in the sense that they weren’t being touched by what their parents were doing. They weren’t being affected like the rest of us.”

And we know about Cadet Bone Spurs Trump, right? At around the same time, he was able to get FIVE military deferments thanks to strings pulled by his father, so he never had to serve. This is the same Commander in Chief that has been quoted as calling American soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” Yet “Fortunate Son”–a song aimed at people JUST LIKE HIM–ended up being played at a Trump rally.

Jeezus. How dumb can you get? Shouldn’t someone be vetting this music? Oy vey.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Donald Trump chooses the worst possible song for a rally

  • September 11, 2020 at 11:14 am

    No different when Ronald Reagan used “Pink Houses” during his rallies back in the day. Politicians are just clueless.


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