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Trump tweets creepy church choir MAGA song on Fourth of July

'Like the mighty eagle that is rising on the wind, soaring t’ward our destiny."

 

Lauren L'Amie

Internet Culture

Published Jul 4, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:59 am CDT

You knew something like this was coming. President Donald Trump kicked off Independence Day with a tweet featuring a video of a church choir singing an original “Make America Great Again” song.

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And yes, it’s as eerie and frightening as you’d think it would be.

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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/882186896285282304

Featuring close-up shots of mostly middle-aged white people wearing matching outfits and backed by a giant American flag, the whole thing feels like a dystopian anthem or a piece of explicit propaganda. It’s actually an entirely real song performed by First Baptist Church in Dallas Saturday night.

The song was performed as part of an introduction to Trump’s speech during its Celebrate Freedom Rally and was written by the church’s former minister of music Gary Moore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3060&v=ZVBpMC6HxBc

The song itself is full of the exact kind of cliches you would expect, with lyrics like “Lift the torch of freedom all across the land/step into the future joining hand in hand/and make America great again.” Trump’s speech that follows is equally saccharine and broad, ending with a targeted one-liner for an audience full of his supporters. “In America we don’t worship government,” he says. “We worship God.”

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Twitter, however, had a song of its own to sing in response.

https://twitter.com/bryankimunivers/status/882188451877187587

https://twitter.com/bryankimunivers/status/882189087041564672

https://twitter.com/VicBergerIV/status/882193369723793412

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In true American internet fashion, a far more accurate mashup soon appeared. Happy Fourth of July.

H/T ABC News

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*First Published: Jul 4, 2017, 1:37 pm CDT