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Donald Trump's badly scrawled notes turned into Ramones and emo songs

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The ongoing impeachment hearing in the US took an unexpected turn yesterday, when US President Donald Trump accidentally created a Ramones lyric.

The incident occurred after a day of drama in which the US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland appeared before the Senate Intel Committee. Following Sondland's testimony, Donald Trump held his usual ad-hoc press conference on the White House lawn, shouting to be heard above the whirring of helicopter blades. 

“I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO,” bellowed 45. “TELL ZELLINSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS THE FINAL WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES."

What caught the imagine of the Twittersphere wasn't so much the contents of Trump's booming oratory, but the fact that he appeared to be reading from a set of badly-scrawled notes. And that his delivery was pleasingly musical.

So much so, in fact, that Twitter user Alex Kliment (opens in new tab) transformed the speech into a Ramones song. 

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As is the way of the Internet, this was swiftly followed by Nick Lutsko, who turned Trump's message into an instant Emo classic, and Appa The Flying Bison (opens in new tab), who reimagined the speech as a song by once-popular warbling miserabilist Morrissey. 

Quite where this is headed next we can't imagine, but Johnny Ramone is probably grinning in his grave. 

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Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.