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Writer behind Trump’s rally music wants to ban him and QAnon from singing

Former President Donald Trump appeared at a rally in Ohio on Saturday for JD Vance, a Republican Senate candidate. Afterwards, Trump received a lot of attention for what many people claimed was a QAnon element of his appearance.

When Trump took the stage, those present felt they recognized his entrance music. Many in the crowd raised a one-finger salute in reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory. They did this because the song they heard was almost identical to QAnon’s unofficial theme song, “Wwg1wga”, which represents QAnon’s slogan, “Where we go one, we go all”. (Although the index finger salute is used by QAnon, some people have claimed that its use is also a reference to the “America First” slogan.)

Trump aides have denied to multiple outlets that the song played last weekend was “Wwg1wga.” Instead, they identified the tune the former president used at the rally as a royalty-free track called “Mirrors,” written by composer Will Van De Crommert.

However, Van De Crommert wrote to Pleasemynews that he did not authorize the use of “mirrors” for Trump. He also pointed out that he was not happy about his music being associated with QAnon.

“I don’t support Donald Trump, and I don’t support or espouse QAnon’s beliefs,” Van De Crommert said.

That “Mirrors” has been confused with “Wwg1wga” is understandable. When De Crommert’s song is played on the music identification service Shazam, the returned result is “Wwg1wga”, which is credited to an artist who goes by Richard Feelgood.

“Wwg1wga” is also featured on several major streaming services and credited to Feelgood. The album on which it is contained, silver cloud 5was released in 2020. (The album’s track listing contains several references to QAnon.) “Mirrors,” meanwhile, is listed on SoundCloud as being released in June 2019.

“Richard Feelgood’s claim on the song ‘Mirrors’ (renamed ‘Wwg1wga’) is patently false. The recordings of ‘Wwg1wga’ and ‘Mirrors’ are identical, and the master has been illegally renamed, repackaged and redistributed on the streaming platforms by Richard Feelgood.”, Van De Crommert said.

He added: “I am not Richard Feelgood, I do not represent Richard Feelgood, and Richard Feelgood is not a pseudonym that I have ever used or will ever use.”

QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory that began with debunked beliefs such as the existence of a top-secret child sex trafficking ring run by prominent members of the Democratic Party. Conspiracy supporters have since embraced other fraudulent claims, such as the widely debunked theory that the 2020 presidential election was rigged to favor President Joe Biden.

Trump’s use of the Van De Crommert song that many have mistaken for “Wwg1wga” is the second recent example that his name has been associated with QAnon. On September 12, Trump posted an artist image of himself on Truth Social that depicted him wearing a Q pin on his lapel and the slogan “The Storm is Coming.” The “storm” is a belief within the QAnon community that Trump will regain power and have his enemies arrested or killed.

For his part, Van De Crommert made it clear that he wanted no association with such beliefs.

“I disagree with QAnon’s views, and this individual [Feelgood] illegally distributed my music under his own name,” he wrote.

Pleasemynews contacted Trump for comment.

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