Lee Greenwood Joins Weird, Exclusive Club of Trump-Birthday-Tweet Recipients

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Lee Greenwood sings “God Bless the U.S.A.” at a Trump rally. Photo: Andrea Morales/Getty Images

It’s not every day that President Trump uses his highly influential Twitter account to wish happy birthday to an American citizen. Since taking office, he’s only done it twice. Once in April, when he wished First Lady Melania Trump an all-caps “HAPPY BIRTHDAY,” and again on Friday, when he sent birthday wishes to the country singer Lee Greenwood (after first mistakenly sending them to a liberal lawyer with the same name).

Greenwood is best known — and for most, only known — as the guy who sings “God Bless the U.S.A.,” a jingoistic anthem with some of the worst lyrics ever written. Naturally, Trump had him belt it out at his inauguration.

As a D-list celebrity who was more relevant in 1987 than 2017, Greenwood fits in well with the other people to whom Trump has tweeted birthday wishes over the years. The list, with the exception of some dead guys and the Queen of Soul, reads like the cast of a lost season of Celebrity Apprentice. The rest is his family, with one notable 11-year-old omission.

Here are all the people, excluding fans who tweeted at Trump asking for them, who have received birthday wishes from @RealDonaldTrump since 2012.

Aretha Franklin

Nelson Mandela

Ronald Reagan

Kristen Stewart

Barbara Walters

Tiffany Trump

Matt Drudge

Holly Robinson Peete

The movie Ghostbusters

Arnold Palmer

Chris Wallace

Ivanka Trump

Yogi Berra

Gary Player

Billy Graham

Donald Trump Jr.

Eric Trump

Jack Nicklaus

Melania Trump

Lee Greenwood Joins Weird Club of Trump Birthday Tweets