Ivanka Trump used an iconic Elton John song for her Republican convention speech and the gays are furious

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump and White House adviser, addresses attendees at the Republican presidential nomination. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump had the audacity Thursday evening (August 27) to walk onto the 2020 Republican National Convention stage to a beloved Elton John song.

Donald Trump is a known fan of Elton John’s – much to the singer’s dismay – regularly blasting “Tiny Dancer” during his 2016 election campaign and apparently harbouring an obsession with sending Kim Jong-Un a CD of “Rocket Man”.

It follows, then, that his daughter Ivanka – coincidentally, one of his top advisors – strolled onstage at the Republican National Convention to the tune of “I’m Still Standing”.

Ivanka walked onto a stage decorated with an aggressive amount of American flags in front of the White House lawn, looking on to a packed, maskless audience as she introduced her father for his nomination speech.

In a plot twist truly nobody saw coming, LGBT+ folk were fairly ticked off that an actual advisor to the president not only did a speech where she said “my father” every few seconds, but dared to use John’s music to promote his politics.


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Ivanka’s Republican National Convention speech was seemingly set in an alternative universe: one where 181,000 Americans have not died of a deadly disease, but also one where Democrats are squarely the reason why 181,000 Americans have died of a deadly disease.


She showered praise onto the president in-between what fact-checkers said were exaggerated or even false claims.

“I know his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered, but the results speak for themselves,” she claimed.

A showman, much of the music Trump has blasted from speaker systems at campaign rallies, which he personally selects, tend to be well-known sing-alongs from white artists or majority-white bands, as well as songs that contain extensive references to having sex with men.

“Tiny Dancer” often rung out at his 2016 rallies, much to the frustration of Elton John, who opposed the use of the song as well as that of “Rocket Man”.

The British singer has long sparred with Trump about the use of his catalogue in campaigns. He politely turned down an offer to perform at his inauguration ceremony.

“I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign,” John told The Guardian in 2016.

“I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years.

“Why not ask Ted f**king Nugent? Or one of those fucking country stars? They’ll do it for you.”

PinkNews contacted Elton John for comment.