Donald Trump has described how he likes to play the Village People’s song ‘YMCA’ at parties at his Mar-a-Lago resort because the ‘gay national anthem’ always proves to be a hit.
In an interview on the Complete shipment podcast uploaded Wednesday, the former president was asked what music he likes to put on when hosting events at his exclusive Florida estate.
The question came after it was reported in February that Trump would “play the role of disc jockey” in a message to members of the Mar-a-Lago club.
Trump confirmed that he doesn’t physically DJ or “spin” at these parties, but “chooses the tracks that I like.”
When asked what his “go to banger” was, Trump replied, “I got a lot. You know a song that gets people moving? I love Broadway stuff, The Phantom of the Opera and The set etc—Do you know what makes them vibrate? ‘YMCA.'”
“‘YMCA’, the gay national anthem. Have you ever heard that? They call it the gay national anthem,” he said. “But ‘YMCA’ gets people up and moving.”
Trump added that his song choice to follow the 1978 disco hit is “maybe” Sam & Dave’s 1966 track “Hold On, I’m Comin.”
“You know, we’re just having a good time,” he said.
Trump’s love of the Village People’s song has been well documented. He had previously performed the track, along with another Village People hit song, “Macho Man”, at his 2020 campaign rallies and events.
After initially allowing Trump to use the songs, Victor Willis, singer and co-founder of Village People, called on Trump to stop playing the tracks at his rallies after Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, DC, were aggressively evicted from Lafayette Square in June 2020. .
Protesters were reportedly targeted with tear gas and batons, so Trump could pose for a photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church while holding a Bible.
“If Trump orders the US military to fire on his own citizens (on US soil), Americans will rise in such numbers outside the White House that he may be forced out of office before the elections,” Willis, aka “the cop,” wrote on Facebook at the time.
“Don’t do it, Mr. President! And I ask that you no longer use my music at your rallies, especially ‘YMCA’ and ‘Macho Man’. Sorry, but I can’t look away any longer.”
Despite being told to cease and desist, Trump played the track at the very end of his presidency as he boarded Air Force One for the last time at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. on January 20, 2020.
In a statement to The Huffington Post, the Village People said Trump ignored their request to stop playing their tracks at his events because “he’s a bully.”
The band added: “Fortunately, he is no longer in power, so it looks like his misuse of our music is finally over.”