Lin-Manuel Miranda has been keeping a relatively low profile since he left the Broadway cast of his hit musical “Hamilton,” but the composer and actor has returned to the spotlight ready to tackle a new political topic: Donald Trump.
The Pulitzer Prize winner shot a video to accompany a recent GQ cover story that crafted a mini-musical out of a few choice tweets from the Republican presidential nominee.
“I have not changed a word of these, only added melody,” Miranda explained in the video.
Shot on a double-decker bus in New York City, Miranda then went on to sing a few of Donald Trump’s greatest holiday hits, with song categories such as “Backhanded Holiday Greetings,” “Racially Questionable Holiday Greetings” and “More Backhanded Holiday Greetings,” all of which sound like the worst Hallmark cards section imaginable.
The songs featured focus on some of Trump’s most lasting tweets, including sentiments in recognition of Thanksgiving, Cinco de Mayo and Sept. 11, and most of which include equal love for the disenfranchised (i.e. haters and losers).
But Miranda had a point beyond just tweaking the Twitter presence of Trump, and the real heart of his message comes in the closing moments of his video.
“Vote,” Miranda said.
It’s unclear if there will be future collaborations between the “Hamilton” scribe and the presidential candidate, but so long as Trump retains a Twitter account, Miranda will never want for material.