PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor appears to have a problem with the sentiment expressed in Lee Greenwood’s tune “God Bless the USA” or at least how supporters of President Donald Trump have grabbed on to it.
Greenwood’s ode to America is a staple at Trump rallies, played when the president takes the stage.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Wednesday night, Alcindor referenced the song while addressing Trump’s decision to cancel a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark in September, after she called his idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland “absurd.”
“I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do was say, ‘No, we wouldn’t interested,’” Trump said.
“But we can’t treat the United States of America the way they treated us under President Obama,” he added.
Trump noted that Democrat President Harry Truman had sought to buy Greenland following World War II and the others have proposed it over the years, so Frederiksen didn’t have to be “nasty” about it.
“She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America,” Trump said. “You don’t talk to the United States that way.”
Alcindor claimed Trump wove one of his “favorite subjects” into his response: former President Obama.
“All this stuff that he was talking about with Denmark, he was saying, ‘Well, the reason why I’m doing this is because Obama let people disrespect America and I need to somehow get America’s respect back up around the world,’” Alcindor said.
The correspondent’s reasoning then took an incoherent turn, as she quoted lyrics from Greenwood’s classic tune.
“That’s when you talk to his supporters. They say, ‘oh, well, at least the people respect us again,’” Alcindor said. “When you listen to his statements or when you listen to the music at his rallies, it’s like, ‘well, at least I’m an American, at least I’m free.’”
The reporter — as many of her fellow liberals did yesterday — also glommed on to Trump’s joke during his same media gaggle about being “the chosen one” to take on China and passed it off as how his supporters view him.
“There’s this theme running through that I’m the chosen one, I’m the person who can fix all of your problems when if reality we’ve seen I have been talking to foreign policy experts ahead of the G-7, people are — Europeans are on edge nobody knows how to deal with President Trump, nobody understands how his foreign policy is done,” Alcindor said.
Trump’s campaign 2016 slogan, of course, was “Make America Great Again,” and for 2020 it is “Keep America Great.”
Greenwood’s song dovetails perfectly with the theme of American greatness.
The performer wrote and began to perform the song in the early years of the Reagan Revolution during the 1980s when the nation experienced a resurgence in American pride.
“I’ve always wanted to write a song about America, and I said, ‘We just need to be more united,’” Greenwood said during a 2016 interview.
“When I put it onstage … I think it was the fall of ’83,” he recalled. “I put it in the middle of the show, just as a brand-new song. Wow, it was like the audience jumped up, and they were applauding … I did it for about two weeks like that, and then I had to put it at the end of the show as an encore; I couldn’t follow it.”
Trump loves the song and asked Greenwood to sing it during his inaugural celebration in January 2017. The Tennessean has sung it at other rallies since.
It is a wonderful, life and freedom affirming song. It reminds you why you’re “proud to be an American.”
Alcindor seems to be making the same mistake Hillary Clinton did in 2016 when she spoke down to “deplorable” Trump supporters.
While it may not be a cool or “woke” sentiment, a love for God and country is what made the United States the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Thank you, Lee Greenwood, for putting these beliefs in a beautiful song.
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