Thursday, March 18, 2021

Trump, songs, and the use of his name and image: The hypocrisy is the point

At President Trump's rallies during his campaigns and his presidency, songs were played by artists who objected to his use of their works (so many of them, in fact, that someone wrote a Wikipedia page to keep track of them). But earlier this month, Trump himself challenged the use of his name and image by the Republican National Committee and other party organizations. One could charge Trump with hypocrisy here, but to paraphrase Adam Serwer on cruelty, the hypocrisy is the point. As A. R. Moxon put it last month: "Doing things for which they vilify and punish others is how they know they dominate, which is their only true principle." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 18 March 2021)


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