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I think we can all agree that “thunderbolt and lightning, it scares me very, very much/Galileo (Galileo)/Galileo (Galileo)/Galileo, Figaro, Magnifico” is the tribute that the late Queen Elizabeth II would have liked.
So hats off to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was filmed giving a rousing rendition of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in a London bar two days before the other Queen’s funeral.
Reactions were mixed, with some people saying such behavior was unbecoming of a prime minister and members of his staff pointing out it was just a man singing. Whatever you think of Trudeau having the temerity to sing during a time of mourning in another country, he did worse. Much worse.
The last word should go to music journalist Adam Feibel, who tweeted“I don’t think Justin Trudeau singing Bohemian Rhapsody was disrespectful to the Queen but I know enough about karaoke to assume it was disrespectful to the Queen.” Ouch!
One thing is (probably) certain, though: Trudeau is a better singer than Donald Trump. This week there were new reports of the golfer and occasional ex-president playing a few tunes at his Mar-a-Lago resort, with a particular favorite being “YMCA” by the Village People. The group has long been angry at Trump’s use of their song, releasing a statement after he left office that read, “We have no ill will towards the President, but we have asked him to stop and abstain a long time ago. However, since he is a tyrant, our request was ignored.
Of course, given that it’s Trump, his mixing gay anthems isn’t the weirdest thing he’s been involved in lately. That would be pretending he wanted to trade Puerto Rico for Greenland.
It was 2019 when we first heard reports that Trump wanted to buy the self-governing Danish territory – “We are open for business, not for sale”. tweeted Greenland’s Foreign Office at the time.
Now a new book claims Trump said John Bolton, his national security adviser: “A friend of mine, a really, really experienced businessman, thinks we can have Greenland. What do you think?” He also considered “taking federal money from Puerto Rico” to fund the deal, then “suggested swapping Puerto Rico outright for Greenland.”
Yes, it’s clearly a crazy idea, but think about the benefits for both parties. The United States would have had a bigger presence in the Arctic — and a place for a new Trump Tower and Resort — and people in Denmark would have had a warm place to go on vacation.
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