Yesterday, on Monday (October 12), in Sanford, Florida President Donald Trump tried to bust a move to The Village People’s classic gay anthem “YMCA” during his first campaign rally since his COVID-19 diagnosis. He didn’t stick to the iconic YMCA dance moves or spell out the letters with his arms. Instead, he wobbled about with his fists in the air. The painful to watch dance came at the end of the Florida rally.
The footage isn’t the only disturbing aspect of the rally—Trump tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks ago and is seen without a mask. Also maskless was Florida Governor DeSantis who high-fived attendees in the crowd. Very few attendees were seen wearing masks or adhering to social distance protocols.
It’s too ironic that Trump used such a song that is tied to the gay community to pump up his homophobic fan base. The Village People had previously stated it was okay for the President to use their songs. Victor Willis, a founding member of the Village People, told Bloomberg News “YMCA is everybody’s anthem and go-to song for fun. As for the president’s use, I have not granted permission for use at his rallies because permission is not required.” POTUS had boogied to the YMCA song at a rally in Ohio last month.
As Trump was dancing, the US death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 220,000. Florida, the state where the rally was held, now has over 15,000 deaths and 750,000 reported cases. During the rally, the 74-year-old claimed to be immune from the virus. “I feel so powerful, I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women, everyone, I’ll just give you a big fat kiss,” he said. Kissing is a sure-fire way to spread the airborne deadly virus.