On Monday at the Republican National Convention, then-presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump entered the stage in memorable fashion to introduce his wife, Melania, who was to give that night’s keynote address. Although Trump’s entrance was superb, internet users made one major improvement, accentuating the perception of Trump as a larger-than-life figure.
Whereas at the convention, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” (a snippet of which had mistakenly sounded during former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s speech) played as Trump approached from a bright light in a scene reminiscent of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, internet users replaced the song with the entrance theme of WWE Superstar the Undertaker. The results were epic.
While reports say Queen (or at least what’s left of it without Freddie Mercury) was dismayed at Trump’s use of “We Are the Champions”, the WWE would likely have been more than happy to allow Trump, a wrestling fan and friend of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, to use the Undertaker’s theme. Plus, the Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) is emblematic of championship success. He is an eight time World Champion and held a streak of 21 consecutive victories at WrestleMania (the great Brock Lesnar finally broke the streak in 2014).
What this all shows is how Trump is becoming, to many, a kind of folk hero. Barack Obama ’08 was the last presidential candidate to do this, and we all know how that ended up. The enthusiasm for this entrance hearkens back to the enthusiasm surrounding Trump’s June 2015 announcement, which I then described as “one of the best presidential announcement speeches in a long time.”
With Trump now officially as the Republican presidential nominee, I will borrow a line the spouses of Trump and Obama both espouse, “the only limit to [Trump’s] achievements is the strength [or reach] of [his] dreams and [his] willingness to work for them.” In the coming months, we shall see how Trump maintains his fight on the march to victory.