In the Bloodpot of Human Hearts: Standing Up Against Old Man Trump and His Creepy Racist Son Too
The Trumps, each worse than the one before
Given the latest racist outrage committed in the name of Drumpf - a July 4th Trump float boasting a minstrel-like Obama in a toilet with helpful signage declaring "Royal Flush" and "Lyin' African" - and all the unhinged abominations that came before - the white supremacist ties, the by-now-60-plus conspiracy theories, the Kickstarter-like fundraising to indict Hillary for unnamed crimes - the timing is painfully perfect for the release of a new song featuring the damning lyrics of Woody Guthrie on the subject of his racist landlord, Fred Drumpf. Ryan Harvey released the single "Old Man Trump" on Firebrand Records, with back-up from Tom Morello and Ani DiFranco.
The lyrics, scribbled by Guthrie over 60 years ago but just discovered earlier this year, describe the racist rental policies of Trump Sr.'s housing project Beach Haven. Notes Guthrie, "I suppose/Old Man Trump knows/Just how much/Racial Hate he stirred up/In the bloodpot of human hearts/When he drawed/That color line." In honor of the release, Morello shot a video in which he proclaims, "I'm standing up against Old Man Trump." He goes on vis a vis the son who followed in his father's - and grandfather's - bigoted footsteps, "When it comes to race relations, he's like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy, he's like an old-school napalmist. When it comes to women's issues, he's like a frat-house rapist. So let's not elect that guy."