Friday, March 4, 2016

New Orleans Musicians To Protest Donald Trump Rally With Second Line

Donald Trump will host a rally at the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans on Friday, March 4, and a group of local musicians are planning to protest the event in the most New Orleans way possible.

The musicians are gearing up for a second line protest at the entrance to the Lakefront Airport. Those that would like to participate are encouraged to bring brass instruments and/or a festive spirit. The protestors plan to gather near the entrance at 3pm, with music beginning at 5pm.

The group is calling its protest Trumpets Trump Drumpf. The name is a reference to a recent segment from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which the the British comedian reminded his audience that Trump’s family name was originally Drumpf (his grandfather had the decidedly German surname changed when he immigrated to the United States). Oliver also coined the instantly-popular slogan “Make Donald Drumpf Again”–a reference to Trump’s own “Make America Great Again” slogan–during the same segment.

“We as musicians feel Donald Trump is the ultimate salesman,” says saxophonist Quay Frazier. “We refuse to be sold blanket statements and lies. People are angry because their wages have not risen in a generation, and they’re looking for a way out. Donald Trump is trying to capture this anger by putting the blame on Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, etc, but America is about love and was built by people of all shades and colors. Our music does not discriminate. Our mission is to trump Drumpf with trumpets, to overpower his hate speech with music of love. Let’s show him how it’s done!”

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