Writer Behind Trump's Rally Music Distances Himself From QAnon and Trump

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday appeared at an Ohio rally for J.D. Vance, a Republican nominee for Senate. Afterward, Trump received much attention for what many people have claimed was a QAnon element to his appearance.

When Trump took to the stage, people in attendance felt they recognized his entrance music. Many in the crowd raised a one-finger salute as a reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory. They did so because the song they heard sounded nearly identical to QAnon's unofficial theme song, "Wwg1wga," which stands for the QAnon slogan, "Where we go one, we go all." (Although the index finger salute is used by QAnon, some people have claimed its use is also a reference to the "America First" slogan.)

Aides for Trump have denied to multiple media outlets that the song played last weekend was "Wwg1wga." Instead, they identified the tune that the former president used at the rally as a royalty-free track called "Mirrors," written by composer Will Van De Crommert.

However, Van De Crommert wrote to Newsweek that he did not authorize the use of "Mirrors" for Trump. He also emphasized he wasn't happy about his music being associated with QAnon.

"I do not support Donald Trump, and I do not support or espouse the beliefs of QAnon," Van De Crommert said.

That "Mirrors" was mistaken for "Wwg1wga" is understandable. When De Crommert's song is played to the music-identifying service Shazam, the result given back is "Wwg1wga," which is credited to an artist who goes by Richard Feelgood.

"Wwg1wga" is also present on several large streaming services and credited to Feelgood. The album it is contained on, Silver Cloud 5, was released in 2020. (The album's track listing contains several QAnon references.) "Mirrors," meanwhile, is listed on SoundCloud as having come out in June 2019.

Donald Trump in Ohio
Here audience members can be seen raising their index fingers while former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices in the state of Ohio at the Covelli Centre on September 17, 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio. A song Trump used at the rally was mistaken for a QAnon theme song by many people. The writer of the original tune told Newsweek he wants to stop its use by Trump. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

"Richard Feelgood's claim on the song 'Mirrors' (retitled 'Wwg1wga') is patently false. The recordings of 'Wwg1wga' and 'Mirrors' are identical, and the master was unlawfully retitled, repackaged, and redistributed to streaming platforms by Richard Feelgood," Van De Crommert said.

He added, "I am not Richard Feelgood, I do not represent Richard Feelgood, and Richard Feelgood is not a pseudonym that I have ever or will ever employ."

QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy theory that began with such debunked beliefs as the existence of a top-secret child sex trafficking network run by senior members of the Democratic Party. Adherents of the conspiracy have since adopted other fraudulent claims, such as the widely disproven theory that the 2020 presidential election was rigged to favor President Joe Biden.

Trump's use of the Van De Crommert song that many mistook for "Wwg1wga" is the second recent example his name has been associated with QAnon. On September 12, Trump posted an artist's rendering of himself on Truth Social that depicted him wearing a Q pin on his lapel and the slogan, "The Storm is Coming." The "storm" is a belief within the QAnon community that Trump will resume power and have his enemies arrested or killed.

For his part, Van De Crommert made it clear he did not want any association with such beliefs.

"I do not align with the views of QAnon, and this individual [Feelgood] has unlawfully distributed my music under their own name," he wrote.

Newsweek reached out to Trump for comment.