Words into Trump’s Mouth

In protest, on the day of the US presidential inauguration, “Justice Roberts” (participating viewers) administered the oath to the president, “Donald Trump” (Butch Sassidy). The official oath was performed, as were 10 other “oaths” by people who wanted to be part of the performance. Each person donned the justice’s cloak and would read the lines for “Donald Trump” to repeat them. All the while, “Trump” was raising their right arm and the left hand was holding a bible. Elastic string was tied from the arms to the wall behind them causing difficulty and fatigue.

THE OATHS
“I, Donald John Trump do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute
the Office of President of the United States,
and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States.
So help me, God.”

re*volt*ing / President Inauguration Day 2017
The Distillery Gallery,  South Boston, MA US
2017.01.20

(video soon)

THE (other) OATHS read by viewers:

(By Shelley Marlow )
I promise to uphold my own desires to be peed upon.
I come out with the truth at this ceremony
So that all kinks will be free
My wincing face belies all of my deeply hidden pain
And fear of losing my self
I will stop acting from fear and now proclaim
the oval office a place for pumping my oval orifices
All of the money that I’ve obtained from my positions
I will give to the arts
To end poverty
And to keep our country together
Because otherwise, the two coasts
Will stop supporting tax money
For all of my lies, desire for power and abuse
I will undergo testing for drugs
And lie down and allow all of the women that i lied about and abuse
To step on me while I am in my ill fitted suit.
My son’s will make reparations to the animal kingdom
And I will make amends to the people who need it.
I will institute free higher education
I will step down and give back the presidency to Hillary so help me God.

(by Heather Kapplow)
“I, Donald John Trump,
do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute
the role of human toilet,
and will to the best of my ability,
emulate the Maurizio Cattelan work entitled “America”
So help me God”

(by Mo Moulton)
“I, Donald John Trump,
do solemnly swear
that I will start to shrink starting now.
The Office of President of the United States
is not for me. I am not huge. I will
contract and reduce until you can hide me under
the Constitution of the United States.
Smaller, smaller, gone.”

(By Jackson Clark)
I, Donald John Trump
Do solemnly swear
That I will lower down to my knees
And take deep into my mouth only the largest cocks
And then will bend over and open up wide
To take deep into my ass
Each and every stiff prick in ‘Merica.
So help my ass

(By Ryan Backer)
Five Buddhist precepts:
I, Donald J. Trump,
do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
refrain from injury to living things.
I, Donald J. Trump,
do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
refrain from taking that which is not given.
I, Donald J. Trump,
do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
refrain from sexual immorality.
I, Donald J. Trump,
do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
refrain from falsehood.
I, Donald J. Trump,
do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
refrain from liquors which engender slothfulness.

(By Ryan Backer)
I, Ronald Ron Rump,
woo sprawl-only-hair scat
I gill eighth-wooly hex-astute
the losses shove says-consent shove
the poon-sighted dates and gill goo the jest shove
my fragility, wee-swerve, deflect and impend the bronze-spit-fusion
shove the poon-sighted dates.

(by Erin Hudson)
I, Donald John Trump,
do bigly swear
that I will fantastically execute
whoever Putin wants me to,
and will to the best of my ability,
which is the best ability, believe me.
nobody has ability like Donald Trump
preserve, protect and defend
the borders and nukes of the United States.
So help me Putin”

(By Susanna Bohme)
Goddess, let this be the last gasp of the American empire.
Let it be short and definitive.
Let the damage be minimal.
Let us protect those among us,
Those of us, who have always born the brunt of this
nation’s violent expansion production control.
Let us look to them for leadership.
Let us protect each other.
Let us open our heart.
Let us see clearly.
Let us make a new world.