Trump rallies are a wild place. There's been violence, there's a ton of red hats, and there's a surplus supply of lies — there's also empty space, generally. They are the center of Trump propaganda, and pursuant to their mission, generally incorporate a soundtrack of familiar hits that position the reality star as powerful, masculine, and slightly relatable. This is, whether or not the creators of that music want to be involved. Well, the music choices at a recent Trump rally have news show host Anderson Cooper bugging out.
On Monday night's episode of Anderson Cooper 360, the host began his segment discussing a slate of massive rallies Trump has slated. Cooper described them as a possible "super-spreader tour," within the context of a moment where the United States is seeing an increase of about 50,000 cases per day of the virus at the center of the global pandemic. In the spot he took Trump to task for putting the audiences of his rallies at risk while staying physically distanced from them. In clips edited in from Trump's rally, faintly the sound of the Village People's "YMCA" can be heard. Whether Cooper hears it or not is unclear, but at some point he certainly does begin to hear the music.
As a part of the package, correspondent Gary Tuchman was on the ground at the rally. At one point, Tuchman's words begin to be drowned out by "Macho Man." Cooper's face is ... pure comedy. Hearing a song that has been adopted by the LGBTQ+ community, by a group composed mostly of gay men, being trumpeted at a venue hosting a group that are mostly defined by their hate-filled rhetoric and actions ... truly unbelievable.
Cooper tries to keep a straight face during Tuchman's report but one can only imagine the thoughts going on behind those eyes. Finally, he musters up a "Well, enjoy 'Macho Man'" and moves on.
In June Victor Willis — the policeman of the Village People, and the straight guy of the group — disavowed Trump's usage of the band's music.
"I ask that you no longer use any of my music at your rallies especially ‘YMCA’ and ‘Macho Man,'" he said at the time, in response to actions the President had proposed.