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‘The Deplorable Choir’ Sings The Most Insane Anthem To Trump, Continuing Long Tradition Of Hackneyed Tributes

If you look hard enough, you can find pretty much anything on the internet. So maybe it should come as no surprise that a group called “The Deplorable Choir” exists. The name itself is a callout to Hillary Clinton’s description of “half” of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables,” a term which some in his base have proudly taken up for themselves.

Here’s who the former secretary of state had in mind when using that term: “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

The Deplorable Choir’s feed is a bric-a-brac of typical alt-right, alt-lite memes and news clippings from questionable sources. But, on Monday, they posted a new song dedicated to Donald Trump, with lyrics as cringy as any Nickelback song, strum to a country tune that I can’t name. The video posted to Twitter has been viewed almost half a million times.

The specifics of the lyrics are unimportant, but they might warrant a glance just to get some idea of what goes on in the head of somebody who produces content like this. First of all, the refrain of the song is an invitation to the half of the U.S. who want nothing to do with Trump. They ask them to “jump on board” the Trump train, and they go on to list all of his accomplishments in office. Mostly, they sing about the Iran deal and the recent developments with North Korea, although those references already seem dated. They also sing about Trump moving the embassy in Jerusalem.

While fan videos (for anybody or anything) posted in weird corners of the internet aren’t anything new, the Deplorable Choir follows a great tradition of dystopian tribute. During the campaign, the USA Freedom Kids performed at Donald Trump’s rallies. It was a troupe of preteen girls clad in American colors singing musical numbers about Trump, such as “President Donald Trump knows how to make America great” and “Deal from strength or get crushed every time.” Or, in the words of Sophie Gilbert from The Atlantic, “what every day is like in North Korea.”

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Chris Noel is a freelance writer and photographer. In 2015, he graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in English. When he is not writing, he helps manage a contemporary art gallery in Indianapolis.

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