If you’ve ever been upset by what Donald J. Trump has to say, a new app called DJ Trump may make you feel better, because it allows you to make Trump say whatever you want. All you do is type some words into the text box, click the “create” button, and voila, a video appears. Now press play, and you can sit back and witness President Trump saying your exact words, in his own voice. We tried it out, and watched Trump declare that “Hillary Clinton is wonderful” and “global warming is a real problem.”
Westland said he came up with the idea after he was playing around with the face-swap feature on Snapchat. Instead of swapping faces, he thought, what if you could make someone say anything you wanted? He ran the idea by Hu, and they decided to give it a try and find one celebrity to start with. “Who’s the biggest celebrity out there right now?” said Westland, in a phone interview. “Trump.”
It took about a month for them to develop the app. They went through hours upon hours of video footage of Trump speeches and compiled about 4,500 individual words for app users to work with.
“There’s plenty of fun to be had,” said Westland. (Indeed, there is — if you don’t believe us, check out the video of Trump reciting Lady Gaga lyrics below).
The app founders say Trump supporters have also had fun creating videos with DJ Trump, and that many people have been using the app to respond to friends’ texts.
Hu and Westland released the app a week ago to their friends to try out, and now it’s available to everyone on the web (www.getdjtrump.com) and the Google Play store (an iOS version is also on the way). Meanwhile, they continue to make improvements to DJ Trump. They want to add music and new features in the coming weeks.
“So it’ll sound even better in the next couple of weeks,” said Westland. “We’ll keep increasing the vocabulary as long as he keeps talking.”