November 28, 2020

Trump Disembarks Plane to a Protest Song About Class Privilege and Rich People Shirking Military Service

As President Donald Trump disembarked a plane in Freeland, Michigan on Thursday night as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s iconic song Fortunate Son boomed down on hundreds of his supporters waiting below.

Fortunate Son is a 1969 protest song written by John Fogerty, a musician who was drafted for military service during the Vietnam war in 1966. After completing his active duty training in 1967, Fogerty then served in the Army Reserve and was discharged in 1968.

The lyrics for Fortunate Son, according to song meaning dictionaries, is built on the idea that class privilege divides America into two groups: ordinary individuals and wealthy ones “born with silver spoon in hand” who are able to easily evade a discriminatory military draft system that allegedly favors the privileged.

“Some folks are born made to wave the flag. Ooh, they’re red, white and blue,” the song played as Trump descended from the plane. “It ain’t me, it ain’t me. I ain’t no fortunate one, no.”

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“Some folks are born silver spoon in hand. Lord, don’t they help themselves, no. But when the taxman come’ to the door. Lord, the house lookin’ like a rummage sale. It ain’t me, it ain’t me. I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no.”

A slew of reports have emerged in recent years, since Trump entered politics, detailing his alleged efforts to evade taxes and avoid military drafts. According to the New York Times, Trump deferred four military drafts for college and one for bad feet. As a 2016 presidential candidate, he also repeatedly stated that his wealthy father gave him $1 million, which he called a “very small” loan, to start his business.

Trump’s critics were quick to note the irony in the Creedence Clearwater Song being played on at his Michigan rally. “Trump is playing ‘Fortunate Son’ at his rally in Michigan,” comedian Christopher Titus tweeted. “The song is about a kid sent to Vietnam because he had no money or contacts. Trump’s millionaire daddy bought him five deferments. Stunning.”

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One user suggested that “whoever picked this music is trolling Trump.”

In a 2015 interview, Fogerty told The Voice that there was “a lot of anger” in the thoughts behind this song. “It was the Vietnam War going on,” he said. “Now I was drafted and they’re making me fight, and no one has actually defined why. So this was all boiling inside of me and I sat down on the edge of my bed and out came ‘It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son!'”

“You know, it took about 20 minutes to write the song.”

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One after speaking at a rally on September 10, 2020 in Freeland, Michigan.
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