Donald Trump conspicuously left the fan-favorite YMCA disco song off his rally playlist in South Carolina on Saturday after dubbing it “the gay national anthem” in an interview earlier in the week.
The former president repeatedly ended his rally with the Village People hit in 1978, and on several occasions he was photographed doing a little jig to the song. Recently, however, he began to conclude his remarks with the 1966 song Hold On I’m Coming by the duo Sam & Dave.
During his rally from cold, windy and humid Florence, South Carolina, on Saturday night, Trump did not perform at the YMCA, which usually swells the crowd with synchronized arm movements.
This came after a podcast episode with Full Send recorded on Wednesday from Mar-a-Lago where he was asked if he had a favorite song in particular.
‘You know what makes them vibrate? YMCA,” Trump said.
‘YMCA – the gay national anthem. Have you ever heard that? The gay national anthem,” he added.
Even though the YMCA didn’t play at Saturday’s rally, another well-known Village People hit played at its events, Macho Man, blasted the speakers ahead of Trump’s remarks on Saturday night.
Trump’s playlists at rallies are generally pretty consistent and don’t deviate much except for occasional additions or subtractions. For example, during tensions with North Korea when Trump was president, he would play Billy Elton John’s hit Rocket Man in reference to the dictator and his frequent nuclear testing.
Donald Trump didn’t play Village People hit the YMCA at his Saturday rally in Florence, South Carolina, after calling the song a “gay national anthem” in an interview on Wednesday
The former president ended his rally with the 1966 song Hold On I’m Coming by duo Sam & Dave and still did the dance he would do at the YMCA at previous rallies. Pictured: Trump blows a kiss to the crowd at a drop-off near Florence airport on Saturday night
That song, however, has since left rotation after the focus shifted away from US tensions with North Korea and Trump’s back and forth with Kim Jong-un.
The former president gave a glimpse of how he entertains guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort with the Full Send episode. He said the YMCA is always a favorite among club guests.
He bragged about his “high aptitude” for music and discussed his new gig as a disc jockey regaling members of Mar-a-Lago on Friday and Saturday nights during a high-profile podcast interview. ladder.
Trump also revealed during the interview his personal affinity for Broadway show tunes and his attitude when it comes to scratching records and remixing sounds.
“I choose those I like. I don’t want to tour, I want to pick the ones I like,’ Trump said of his style of DJing.
Trump is already known for playing the classic disco track at his rallies, where he would often move himself a bit to the beat.
Although he still hosts rallies, Trump plays music more often at Mar-a-Lago, where it was revealed last month that he had taken on a role as entertainer.
Trump sat down for an extensive interview with the Full Send podcast on Wednesday, where he gave listeners insight into how he entertains guests at Mar-a-Lago
A Feb. 2 memo to guests reads, “Good music will be played over dinner Friday and Saturday nights, with President Trump playing the disc jockey.”
“The music will be amazing, it will be great fun and will last until late into the evening,” said the message obtained by The New York Times.
Trump said Wednesday he has “a lot of great picks” and “people love it when I do it.”
At one point he took issue with a claim by one of the Full Send hosts that the retro hit YMCA was “underrated”.
“Well, that’s getting a lot of views, I can say,” Trump challenged.
He also revealed his love of Broadway music, naming The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables as two of his favorite productions.
Other points in the interview took on a much more serious tone, such as when the former president condemned his successor Joe Biden for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Trump said Wednesday that he had not spoken to Putin since leaving office, but that the Russian autocrat had “talked” to Trump about invading Ukraine.
The ex-president was criticized last week for calling Putin’s invasion a “genius”.
He told Full Send that the autocrat would “never” have invaded Ukraine when he was president.
“I haven’t spoken to him since, but he’s never been there, certainly under the Trump administration — and I’m saying zero chance, I’m not saying like, I don’t think, zero chance he’d have that. is done. And I told him about it, no way he did it,’ Trump said.
“He saw the weakness, he saw Afghanistan, that – the way, the incompetence of the withdrawal, the way they did it was so bad.”
Trump was often seen dancing to the 1978 Village People’s YMCA at his Make America Great Again rallies
Trump went on to say that Putin “became a different man” when he saw the US military pullout from Afghanistan at the end of August last year.
“He saw the United States differently, he no longer respected the United States,” Trump said.
When asked if he would seek to challenge Biden in 2024, Trump was as wary as always – but hinted at another hint that he could seek re-election.
“Campaign finance laws don’t really allow you to discuss it unless you literally go through a different process,” Trump replied.
Campaign finance laws are in place for candidates to disclose the dollars they use during an election cycle to promote transparency. It’s unclear what specific law or “different process” the ex-president was referring to.
He continued, “So I think a lot of people are going to be really happy. You could be really happy.
“I think a lot of people are going to be really happy,” Trump said. “I’ll wait until – I have so many people who want me to do it. I really think a lot of people are going to be very happy.
The music of the Village People (pictured performing in Los Angeles in the 1970s) has made several appearances at Trump events, where he also plays their hit song Macho Man