At a rally in Montana last night, our incoherent President Donald Trump claimed to have broken Elton John‘s records, by which we guess he means John’s audience attendance records? It’s not really clear. And considering Trump’s “Rocket Man” nickname for Kim Jong-un, taken from John’s 1972 homonymous song, we’re wondering: What’s the deal with all these Donald Trump Elton John references?
Thursday night, at one of Trump’s insecurity rallies — seriously, the election’s over — he went on a bizarre rant about being more popular than Elton John. The strange Donald Trump Elton John rant is below:
“I have broken more Elton John records. He seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really, we do it without, like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical — the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth, right? The brain. More important than the mouth is the brain. The brain is much more important.”
If Trump were more, well, coherent, we’d tip our hat to his apparent “lot of records” pun referring to attendance records as well as the literal hard copies of John’s recordings. But this is such a word-salad, it’s hard to figure out what exactly he means — other than that Trump is popular, which is all he ever talks about.
Donald Trump has mentioned being a big Elton John fan before. (Although, you’d think a big Elton John fan would realize he’s mostly known for the piano, not the organ.)
During the election, Trump would often play “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” as pre-show music before his rallies — John told Trump to stop, but he didn’t. Trump later claimed Elton John would be playing his inauguration, but John was quick to say that a Donald Trump Elton John concert wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Even the use of “Rocket Man” as an insult to Kim Jong-un has a weird coda. Now that Trump and Kim are talking, he asked whether or not Kim had ever heard “Rocket Man.” Kim said he hadn’t, so Trump sent over a CD with the song on it — autographed by Trump, of course. Who wouldn’t appreciate a reminder of an insulting nickname used against them?
Here is Elton John’s song “Rocket Man”:
Sadly, we don’t yet know Kim’s reaction to the song. And we guess “it’s gonna be be a long, long time” until we find out. We imagine Kim’s busy, after all, imprisoning and starving his own people while still developing the country’s nuclear capabilities despite his under-developed de-nuclearizaton agreement with Trump.
What do you think about the Donald Trump Elton John connection?
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