The Donald Trump Jr. Emails Inspired A Folk Song You Won't Be Able To Stop Singing
In addition to spawning memes, hand-wringing, and an (upcoming) testimony before Congress, Donald Trump Jr.'s released emails inspired a folk song too. Yes, you read that correctly.
Though it feels like it was months ago, it has actually been just about two weeks since Trump Jr. tweeted out copies of an email exchange between himself and Rob Goldstone — a publicist connected with a high-powered Russian family. According to the New York Times report at the time, Trump Jr. responded with "I love it especially later in the summer" to an email promising "high level and sensitive information" about his father's then-presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.
And it's that #iconic line that reddit user "spiritgiants" used as the springboard for their song "I Love It (Especially Later In The Summer)" — a mellow, chill folk rock song that somehow sounds like everyone's college boyfriend is singing it at once. The song, which you can hear in-full on Soundcloud, was first submitted for a satire-themed songwriting challenge as part of the larger "songaweek" subreddit community that writes an on-theme song each week.
Luckily, the lyrics came easy as Trump Jr. did a chunk of the work when "he just … he tweeted it out." With such powerful, maddening source material and some steady rhythmic guitar, the summer's most scandalous allegations of collusion becomes a ditty worthy of a "Songs from The O.C." soundtrack or college radio station.
TL;DR: It's catchy as heck .
If you aren't explicitly familiar with the emails or allegedly inconsequential meeting situation, the lyrics may even come off like some vague indie jam about wanting to meet up with a friend (or lover, I don't know) "especially later in the summer." But, in context, the song includes the famous section from the email where Trump Jr. set up the meeting:
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
And later, the song croons out the incriminating text from the other email, where Trump Jr. mentioned he would be accompanied by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and his father's then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, along with the Trump tower address where it was all going to go down.
Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me, 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.
Allegations of stealing an election (which Trump and Trump Jr. both deny) have never been ... so groovy?
At the very least, the song is a simple, ear-worm-y way to remember the juiciest details heading into Trump Jr.'s hearing on Wednesday. And one can only hope that, years from now, the off-off-Broadway alt-rock musical account of our current political climate will include a version of this.