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I feel we are able to all agree that “thunderbolt and lightning, very, very horrifying me/Galileo (Galileo)/Galileo (Galileo)/ Galileo, Figaro, Magnifico” is the tribute that the late Queen Elizabeth II would have wished.
So hats off to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was filmed giving a rousing rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a London bar two days earlier than the different queen’s funeral.
Reactions had been combined, with some folks saying such habits was unbecoming of a chief minister and members of his crew pointing out it was only a man performing some singing. Whatever you consider Trudeau having the temerity to sing throughout a time of mourning out of the country, he has done worse. Way worse.
The ultimate phrase ought to go to music journalist Adam Feibel, who tweeted: “I don’t suppose that Justin Trudeau singing Bohemian Rhapsody was disrespectful to the queen however I do know sufficient about karaoke to imagine it was disrespectful to Queen.” Ouch!
One factor is (in all probability) for sure, although: Trudeau is a greater singer than Donald Trump. This week there have been contemporary stories of the golfer and occasional ex-president spinning a couple of tunes down at his Mar-a-Lago resort, with a specific favourite being “YMCA” by the Village People. The band have lengthy been indignant at Trump’s use of their track, placing out a press release after he left workplace that learn: “We don’t have any in poor health will in direction of the president, however we requested him to stop and desist way back. However, since he’s a bully, our request was ignored.”
Of course with this being Trump, him DJing some homosexual anthems isn’t the oddest story he’s been concerned with of late. That can be claims that he wished to commerce Puerto Rico for Greenland.
It was again in 2019 once we first heard stories that Trump wished to purchase the autonomous Danish territory — “We’re open for enterprise, not on the market,” tweeted Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time.
Now a brand new e-book claims that Trump advised John Bolton, his nationwide safety adviser: “A pal of mine, a extremely, actually skilled businessman, thinks we are able to get Greenland. What do you suppose?” He additionally thought of “taking federal cash from Puerto Rico” to fund the deal and then “instructed outright buying and selling Puerto Rico for Greenland.”
Yes that’s clearly a batshit loopy concept however consider the advantages for each side. The U.S. would have had a higher foothold in the Arctic — and a spot for a brand new Trump Tower and Resort — and the folks of Denmark would have had someplace heat to go on vacation.
“Me? Just a daily man out for a stroll in London.”
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Thanks for all the entries. Here’s the greatest from our postbag — there’s no prize aside from the present of laughter, which I feel we are able to all agree is much extra helpful than money or booze.
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Paul Dallison is POLITICO‘s slot information editor.