On the 241st anniversary of America's independence, President Donald Trump celebrated the day by tweeting a recording of a choir singing. No, the song wasn't the National Anthem, but a new composition created in honor of the president's campaign slogan. On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted a choir singing "Make America Great Again," and the reactions are mixed.
While Trump supporters celebrated having a song that embodies some of the principles they voted into the presidency, others were taken aback by the video of the choir singing.
The First Baptist Church in Dallas performed the song during a Saturday "Celebrate Freedom Rally," at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., according to ABC News. Gary Moore, the church's former minister of music, composed the piece. Vox reported that the event was meant to honor military veterans.
Trump spoke at the rally, where he denounced the "fake news media," saying "I'm president and they're not," and told the choir, "Your music honors our heroes more than words will ever do." He also pledged to defend religious liberty as president.
Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress, a longtime Trump supporter, also spoke at the event.
Per ABC News, the lyrics go,
Reactions to the video ranged from confused to disgusted to angry.
A New National Anthem?
Is he after a new MAGA national anthem? At the Kennedy Center? Might be feeling a little sickened.https://t.co/CM6Dv1YU2r— Stephanie C. DeGhett (@scdeghett) July 4, 2017
Just watched Trump's MAGA song, his 4th of July wish to us. Not sure I'll be able to eat for the rest of the day. He defined narcissistic!!— Peter Norvid (@PNorvid) July 4, 2017
Obama Selfies V. Trump Song Tributes
Alright, Trump apologists, I never want to hear about Obama's selfies again. https://t.co/lLh5GZlk0f— Marybeth Glenn (@MBGlenn) July 4, 2017
Who Are The Real Patriots?
He replaced The Star Spangled Banner with the MAGA song... I never want to have my patriotism questinged for being #NeverTrump again.— Rob (@RobGrasing) July 4, 2017
It Was Full Of White People
If you had ANY lingering hope – even the teeniest tiniest one – Trump might want to represent ALL Americans, this will burn it to ashes: https://t.co/t9CvbfgDXG— leah mcelrath 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) July 4, 2017
So Much "Diversity"
What a diverse collection of white Americans.— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) July 4, 2017
Although its lyrics claim unity with the lines "Americans from ev'ry corner of this blessed land/Come together with one voice/Help us take a stand," the choir that sang the MAGA song overwhelmingly visually represented one group: white people. And white Christians, at that. Whether intentional or not, it promotes a vision of America that isn't inclusive of everyone actually in America.
This probably isn't the last we'll see of the MAGA song now that it's being performed in public.