Donald Trump took to the stage in Cleveland and made an entrance more befitting to a heavyweight boxer with a tan than a presumptive presidential nominee.
This was his moment of glory at the Republican National Convention. He walked into the arena with the sound of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blaring within the convention centers walls.
As we have reported before, his song selections have caused some controversy in the past and this choice is no different.
Trump had been warned previously about the use the Queen classic from 1977’s News of the World.
This is what Brian had to say about Trump’s latest use of the Queen song:
“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints — some of which you can see in our ‘Letters’ page — about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are the Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song… This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”
At this rate the only rock songs Trump can use without protest is anything by Ted Nugent.
The fact that Trump used “We Are the Champions” is more than disconcerting when you consider his underwhelming stance with LGBT rights.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom had this to say on Facebook:
It’s important to note that tonight’s RNC convention ended with a song, We Are the Champions, sung by a gay man, Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. His music was played at a convention where the most anti-LGBT policy platform was adopted, just today. His music, which he famously labored over, which was intricate and complex, was played at a convention where Mike Pence, a man who has spent his political career actively looking for opportunities to pass laws that would give others the legal framework to discriminate against LGBT people, sat comfortably in a VIP box. I’m not sure what Freddie Mercury would think of his music being played at the RNC convention, but I do know that if he weren’t a famous rockstar, he would have probably been greeted by a wall, a really high wall, because he represented everything that Mike Pence and Donald Trump are scared of.