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I believe we are able to all agree that “thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me/Galileo (Galileo)/Galileo (Galileo)/ Galileo, Figaro, Magnifico” is the tribute that the late Queen Elizabeth II would have needed.
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 opposite queen’s funeral.
Reactions had been combined, with some individuals saying such habits was unbecoming of a main minister and members of his staff stating it was only a man doing a little 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 last phrase ought to go to music journalist Adam Feibel, who tweeted: “I don’t think that Justin Trudeau singing Bohemian Rhapsody was disrespectful to the queen but I know enough about karaoke to assume it was disrespectful to Queen.” Ouch!
One factor is (most likely) for sure, although: Trudeau is a greater singer than Donald Trump. This week there have been recent reviews of the golfer and occasional ex-president spinning just a few tunes down at his Mar-a-Lago resort, with a specific favourite being “YMCA” by the Village People. The band have lengthy been offended at Trump’s use of their track, placing out an announcement after he left workplace that learn: “We have no ill will towards the president, but we asked him to cease and desist long ago. 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 needed to commerce Puerto Rico for Greenland.
It was again in 2019 after we first heard reviews that Trump needed to purchase the autonomous Danish territory — “We’re open for business, not for sale,” tweeted Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the time.
Now a brand new e-book claims that Trump informed John Bolton, his nationwide safety adviser: “A friend of mine, a really, really experienced businessman, thinks we can get Greenland. What do you think?” He additionally thought-about “taking federal money from Puerto Rico” to fund the deal after which “suggested outright trading Puerto Rico for Greenland.”
Yes that’s clearly a batshit loopy concept however consider the advantages for either side. The U.S. would have had a larger foothold within the Arctic — and a spot for a brand new Trump Tower and Resort — and the individuals of Denmark would have had someplace heat to go on vacation.
“Me? Just a regular guy out for a walk in London.”
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Thanks for all of the entries. Here’s the most effective from our postbag — there’s no prize aside from the present of laughter, which I believe we are able to all agree is way extra helpful than money or booze.
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Paul Dallison is POLITICO‘s slot information editor.