Patti LuPone mocks Trump’s ‘Co-Vita’ appearance over Truman Balcony: ‘I still have lung power, wore less makeup’

After the President Donald Trump’s posed for photographs atop the Truman Balcony in the White House after rushing his return from the Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Monday, October 5, merely 3 days after he got admitted following his COVID-19 diagnosis, people started comparing the president’s act to the famous scene from ‘Evita,’ the classic 1996 musical drama where the character of Argentinian first lady Eva Perón addresses an adoring crowd and sings ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’.

Actress Patti LuPone, who assumed the role of Perón in her politically-charged Broadway production of ‘Evita’ in 1979 was one of the people who was reminded of her famous balcony scene in the play. “I still have the lung power and I wore less makeup. This revival is closing November 3,” Patti quipped on Twitter, taking a jab at Trump’s appearance over the balcony. 

 

The real-life Eva — who married the former populist president of Argentina Juan Perón in 1945 — would stand on the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Argentina’s version of The White House) to speak to the public. However, instead of addressing a crowd that worshipped her, Eva would address the working class (whom she referred to as “the shirtless”) from her balcony. As a woman who went from rags to riches and became the champion for the masses, the Broadway adaptation of ‘Evita’ created the song ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ that Patti sang in the play. 

People quickly got Patti’s reference that she made in the tweet and jumped on the opening provided by the actress to mock the POTUS too, especially after he was seen gasping for air as he waved at his supporters and helped up a double thumbs up. “So, he actually doesn’t have the lung power. I say this from personal experience of having an entire lung removed in 2007 at the age of 27. He was extraordinarily out of breath when he topped those stairs. He worked hard to cover that, but he was clearly uncomfortable,” one user wrote while another said, “When he doesn’t wear makeup, he looks like a scared little boy. Well, an old, scared little boy.” Hilariously many of the users on the internet had an alternative term for Trump’s Eva-like balcony appearance. “Believe his rendition is called Co-Vita,” one of them wrote. 

Others who were familiar with the song sang by Patti used their creativity to give it a new twist to fit the current scenario. “I have updated the lyrics if you are interested. A sample: Don’t cry for me, Coronita, the truth is you never left me. All through my maskless days, my dumb persistence. I kept my promise, no social distance,” one of them wrote, while another came up with, “Trump as ‘Covita’! ‘Don’t cry for me, my Trumpistas. The truth is I NEVER loved you. All through my wild days – my mad existence. Lies are my promise. Please keep your distance’. #TrumpIsANationalDisgrace #Evita”

Another user pointed out that Patti’s portrayal of Eva has left them teary-eyed which was not the case with Trump’s over-the-balcony appearance. “And we’re not crying for him either,” they wrote, while another commented on the unbelievable Trump was behaving following his diagnosis especially because he was able to experience it first-hand. “I’m literally dying in the hospital right now with this virus and on his exact same diagnosis and symptom timeline, coincidently, and he’s running around, I just cannot with him. I’m over 20 years younger and fighting for air. I can’t wait to vote him out!!!” the user wrote. 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

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