Whoever put together the playlist for Donald Trump’s visit to the Honeywell N95 mask manufacturing plant in Phoenix, Arizona should definitely get a raise for slipping in perhaps the most appropriate song imaginable—Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” The song, played by Guns ‘N Roses, echoed through the factory as Trump greeted mask-wearing mask makers while he himself again refused to wear one himself.
Though he did wear goggles for some reason.
Without covering his own face, President Trump visited a Honeywell factory making N95 face masks in Arizona while Guns N' Roses' 'Live and Let Die' played in the background https://t.co/ighshLku9i pic.twitter.com/damCXpt9Oh— Reuters (@Reuters) May 6, 2020
As he and his tour guides stood too close to one another, all without face masks, one of them explains how the mask traps particles to the president, who nods and points at the face mask, because that’s all he can ever do. Trump then says something to one of the factory workers, his words obscured by the hard riffs of the song.
Many have already pointed out the stark irony of playing a song called “Live and Let Die” during a tour of a mask factory by a man who has apparently decided to test his staff constantly instead of just wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. All while he lets the rest of us fend for ourselves.
When asked by Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason why he didn’t wear a mask in the factory, Trump did what he does best.
I asked @realDonaldTrump why he didn’t wear a mask at the Honeywell plant yesterday. He said he had worn one. I said we did not see him wearing one. He said he wore one backstage and the Honeywell chief said it was not necessary to wear in the plant. pic.twitter.com/4KYvq3J6yE— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) May 6, 2020
Fact check: Factories don’t have a “backstage,” so it’s unclear what he’s talking about.
Everyone is currently waiting for Guns ‘N Roses frontman Axl Rose to comment, but he hasn’t tweeted anything since Saturday. Rose himself is a staunch critic of Donald Trump, and his most recent tweet concisely outlines his own position on people who refuse to practice safety measures during this pandemic.
Q: If the Sheriffs can choose not to enforce the beach closures can the hospitals “choose” not to admit any possible Covid-19 suspected beach goers? Just askin’...🤔— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 2, 2020
Of course, Axl Rose hardly needs to say anything on the irony of using “Live and Let Die” for the factory tour, because everyone on Twitter has already said it.
I can think of no better metaphor for this presidency than Donald Trump not wearing a face mask to a face mask factory while the song “Live and Let Die” blares in the background. pic.twitter.com/mJzU1HW7HA— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 5, 2020
You cannot make up just how much this President does not give a shit about anyone but himself.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 6, 2020
His visit to the facemask factory where he refused to wear a facemask, was done with the song 'Live and Let Die' blaring in the background.https://t.co/cL4TD8zaX4
Calm down, everyone. It doesn’t mean Live and Let Die. It’s German for Live and Let The.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 6, 2020
It's likely that a factor in Trump winding down COVID task force is Meadows convinced him that being physically & morally overshadowed by Lincoln or doing photo op in a face mask factory while Live and Let Die plays makes him look less unpresidential than advising to drink Lysol.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) May 6, 2020
Gross mismanagement = Live and Let Die = Trump’s coronavirus plan https://t.co/j5kNg5lOW7— Derek Cressman (@DerekCressman) May 6, 2020
Whoever played Live And Let Die whilst Trump was visiting a mask factory today is a twisted genius pic.twitter.com/NZqggBXeMp— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 5, 2020
If anyone at that factory gets fired for blasting that "Live and let die" song at Donald Trump, I want their name so I can set up a gofundme and make them rich.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 6, 2020
Whoever had the balls to play Live and Let Die while Trump toured the mask factory can deejay any party I ever have for the rest of my life. https://t.co/PQv6gT5p5F— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) May 6, 2020
I'm sorry, but I just wasn't expecting this to be the day Trump went to a mask factory without a mask to touch all the masks while "Live and Let Die" blasts over the loudspeaker. https://t.co/UdfuvculCm— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) May 5, 2020
Hope you wanted “Live and Let Die” to be your theme song, Trump, because now it is forever.