Remember a few months ago, when presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s campaign tapped a young Republican rapper named Aspiring Mogul to write a Ben Carson-themed rap? (That sick flute riff! How could you forget?)

Never one to be outdone, it seems Donald Trump also felt he needed a snappy, “see-I’m-hip-with-the-youngs” kind of theme song, and this, ladies and gentlemen — this unholy stew of innocent children, pageant outfits and propaganda — is the result.

Give yourself some time for this one. Take a few deep breaths.

Here’s what we know:

  • These are three members of “The USA Freedom Kids.”
  • They performed this ditty yesterday, Jan. 13, at a Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida.
  • They are lip-syncing (or, as my esteemed colleague Emmanuel just put it, Ashlee Simpson-ing) the hell out of this thing
  • “Deal from strength or get crushed every time” is a lyric the writer of this song, 53-year-old businessman Jeff Popick, thought would be a cool thing to hear coming out of the mouths of young children
  • One of those children is his own 8-year-old daughter
  • Judging by the crowd behind the kids, audience reactions ranged from “this is cute” to “not feelin’ it” to “I’m just going to take this opportunity to send a lot of text messages” (good work, dude in the front left).

TIME has an interview with the brains behind the catchy little tune, in which one can learn that the elder Popick, a huge Trump supporter, originally wrote the song “in honor of Lt. General George Patton, who led the U.S. Army when it liberated Italy in World War II, but tweaked it to focus on Trump.”

Popick, who seems to be a sort of self-styled, freedom-loving Lou Perlman, held tryouts in order to put the group together about six months ago. Since that time, the USA Freedom Kids have performed the National Anthem at Miami Dolphins and Marlins games, but this song about destroying enemies of freedom has understandably garnered the girls the most attention thus far.

Now, it’s tempting to suggest Popick deserves a visit from Child Protective Services, but you know what? This country is about freedom. Freedom to write terrible songs. Freedom to purchase terrible outfits. Freedom to exploit your own children, who are far too young to form educated political views of their own, not to mention comprehend the ramifications of stumping for a racist billionaire demagogue, thereby deftly showing the world you believe five minutes of viral fame and maybe a few hundred dollars are definitely worth the fact that you’re screwing said children up royally for the rest of their lives.

But hey, maybe we’re just being cynical here! Sometimes former child stars who hit the bigtime following band tryouts in Florida turn out just fine.

Listen to This Terrifying New Donald Trump Song Sung By Small Children 14 January,2016Emma Silvers

  • Willis James

    I see this feature on KQED’s main page as I enter the site
    The headline

    “Listen to This Terrifying New Donald Trump Song Sung By Small Children”

    Its listed under “pop”… Though it appears as some sort of news item. No label of “opinion” or anything.
    Imagine, tens of thousands who come to KQED online and on-air… thinking they are getting the whole story without any bias.
    Or has KQED completely abandoned the facade of neutrality when bringing the news to the San Francisco Bay Area?

  • provocateur

    I’m betting the author of this article, who has a problem with children singing about freedom, didn’t have a problem with school children being taught to sing these two song in praise of Obama. Talk about a couple of North Korea-like “Dear Leader” type songs:

    Mm, mmm, mm!
    Barack Hussein Obama

    He said that all must lend a hand
    To make this country strong again
    Mmm, mmm, mm!
    Barack Hussein Obama

    He said we must be fair today
    Equal work means equal pay
    Mmm, mmm, mm!
    Barack Hussein Obama

    He said that we must take a stand
    To make sure everyone gets a chance
    Mmm, mmm, mm!
    Barack Hussein Obama

    He said red, yellow, black or white
    All are equal in his sight
    Mmm, mmm, mm!
    Barack Hussein Obama

    Mmm, mmm, mm
    Barack Hussein Obama

    Song 2:
    Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
    For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say “hooray!”

    Hooray, Mr. President! You’re number one!
    The first black American to lead this great nation!

    Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
    To make this country’s economy number one again!

    Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
    And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

    So continue —- Mr. President we know you’ll do the trick
    So here’s a hearty hip-hooray —-

    Hip, hip hooray!
    Hip, hip hooray!
    Hip, hip hooray!


Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is the former music editor at KQED Arts. She has previously been published in Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and has covered music and culture for a variety of Bay Area publications. Follow her at @emmaruthless, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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