SOSNICK | “Get Ready for This”: Dissecting Trump’s Rally Playlist

Standing in a Rochester airplane hangar, waiting for Donald J. Trump to take the stage at his rally, I thought about what I could write about the experience. No matter where your vote is leaning, he occupies a singular place in the American collective conscience: the filterless human sideshow with a real chance at the presidency. Being at a Trump rally, where (terrifying) absurdity is the norm, I had to figure out a way to disseminate my thoughts on the event. But I didn’t want to write political coverage; my colleagues in news and opinion are better equipped to do that. Instead, I decided to play to my strengths and analyze what you all really want to hear about anyway: Trump’s playlist.