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Do You Hear the People Sing?: Theater and Theatricality in the Trump Campaign

Do You Hear the People Sing?: Theater and Theatricality in the Trump Campaign Collo Qu Y NAomi GrAber Do You Hear the People Sing? t heater and t heatricality in the t rump Campaign Instead of government, we had a stage. Instead of ideas, the prima donnas raged. Instead of help, we were given a crowd. She didn’t say much, but she said it loud. —Tim Rice, evita (1978) on September 16, 2016, republican presidential candidate Donald J. t rump strolled onto a miami stage accompanied by “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Claude- michel Schönberg and Alain boublil’s 1987 musical Les Misérables (colloquially known as Les Mis). Projected behind the candidate was an image from the 2012 film of the musical, with American flags and t rump logos replacing the original French banners. the meme first appeared on the social news and discussion website Red- dit under the title “les Deplorables,” a reference to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s remark that half of t rump supporters belonged in the “basket of deplorables.” From that moment, “deplorable” became a badge of honor for t rump supporters; independent merchandisers sold t - shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, and other products that proudly proclaimed the owner “deplorable,” including many that featured the iconic lithograph of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Do You Hear the People Sing?: Theater and Theatricality in the Trump Campaign

American Music , Volume 35 (4) – May 1, 2018

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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Collo Qu Y NAomi GrAber Do You Hear the People Sing? t heater and t heatricality in the t rump Campaign Instead of government, we had a stage. Instead of ideas, the prima donnas raged. Instead of help, we were given a crowd. She didn’t say much, but she said it loud. —Tim Rice, evita (1978) on September 16, 2016, republican presidential candidate Donald J. t rump strolled onto a miami stage accompanied by “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Claude- michel Schönberg and Alain boublil’s 1987 musical Les Misérables (colloquially known as Les Mis). Projected behind the candidate was an image from the 2012 film of the musical, with American flags and t rump logos replacing the original French banners. the meme first appeared on the social news and discussion website Red- dit under the title “les Deplorables,” a reference to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s remark that half of t rump supporters belonged in the “basket of deplorables.” From that moment, “deplorable” became a badge of honor for t rump supporters; independent merchandisers sold t - shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, and other products that proudly proclaimed the owner “deplorable,” including many that featured the iconic lithograph of the

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 1, 2018

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