Donald Trump certainly has been making the news lately. And now he has a new campaign song.
“President Trump,” written and performed by Mitchell Stone, is a nasally-twanged ode to the glories of Donald Trump. Watching this video, you’re not quite sure if this should be taken seriously or if it’s actually a parody of a crazy Trump-lover.
The song starts out with “Oh Donald, we know you can do it,” that Trump can “protect our people and make our forces strong.” Then we transition from what appears to be a Donald Trump bumper sticker to picture after picture of The Donald in various poses and smiles.
To say this is all a bit creepy is an understatement. I’m not sure even Donald Trump loves himself this much (oh wait, he does). The singer encourages his “friends” to accept Donald’s plans “to fix the economy” and “put us back to work.”
The tragedy of the Trump candidacy is that he actually could make strong arguments against the trade and economic policies of the United States for the past 30 years. Unfortunately this argument would be drowned out by his bombastic, overly-broad assertions about illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.
While there are undoubtedly some hardened criminals among them, most immigrants come here to create a better life for themselves and their families. And there are not enough buses, nor limos in the Trump fleet of vehicles, to send all the illegal immigrants back where they came from.
But economically, he makes some great points. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been hugely damaging to working and middle class U.S. workers and their incomes. Check out this chart:
NAFTA took a small U.S. trade surplus with Mexico and turned it into soaring trade deficits. The Canadians don’t get off lightly either. Whereas in 1993, the year before NAFTA, the U.S. trade deficit with Canada was $10.8 billion, last year it was $35.4 billion, with a peak of $78.5 billion in 2005.
The picture is much worse when it comes to China:
Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, opening American markets even more to Chinese made goods, the U.S. trade deficit with that nation has quadrupled from $83.8 billion in 2000 to a whopping $343 billion in 2014, the largest ever. Keep in mind China’s 2014 military budget is estimated at more than $130 billion. The American consumer is literally funding China’s rise to power. If the U.S. ever gets into a shooting war with China, make no mistake in guessing how they paid for their weapons.
The U.S. has gotten into unfavorable trade pacts with other nations as well, all of which has led to huge national trade deficits, stagnant wages and fewer good-paying jobs:
These and other trade deals have decimated communities and families all across the country. Multinational corporations’ moving their factories overseas has led to lost jobs and a weaker nation. Unfortunately, those details are lost when Donald Trump engages in his unique brand of bravado and buffoonery.
Anyway, “President Trump” continues merrily along, listing The Donald’s supposedly wonderful traits, and if you want to see a lot of pictures of Donald Trump smiling while a sometimes awkwardly phrased song warbles in the background, then this is the video for you.
The song gets really urgent at the 3:40 mark when the maracas start and Mitchell shouts “President Trump! President Trump! You are the rock star!” No argument from Donald Trump there, I’m sure.
Though despite chanting “President Trump! President Trump!” many, many times, I’m not quite sure that ole Mitchell realizes Donald Trump is not actually the president…
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