News & Opinion | June 28, 2018 10:17 am

North Korean National Anthem Gets Fanfare at Pro-Trump Rally

Women for Trump event played Hermit Kingdom anthem that is still banned in South Korea.

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At the Virginia Women for Trump’s birthday party for the president on Sunday, the North Korean national anthem, “Aegukga, got plenty of fanfare. The president was not at the Tea For Trump toast, but hundreds of women in hats, tats and floral finery were. The second annual event, held at the Trump International Hotel, also honored Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, who received, in absentia, an award playing on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, the MAGA Woman of the Year.

The biggest part of the event was a runway fashion show of the work of Andre Soriano, the designer shunned by the fashion world after he designed the “Make America Great Again” dress that singer Joy Villa wore to the 2017 Grammy Awards. Female pro-Trump organizers and donors modeled some 50 gowns.

At one point, a woman in a “flowing, black and white, Asian-style costume appeared,” writes the New York Times. As martial-sounding music played in the background, the woman walked down the runway carrying what looked like a box. She paused and lifted the box up. “That [gesture] signified our great president and the negotiations he is having with North Korea,” said Alice Butler-Short, the organization’s president. She explained that the background music during that moment was the North Korean national anthem, which is still nominally banned from being played in South Korea although it was played during the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.