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James Corden mocks Trump in parody cover of Paul McCartney song 'Maybe I'm Immune'

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read

Watch: James Corden perform ‘Maybe I’m Immune

James Corden has made light of Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis with a parody song, Maybe I’m Immune.

The Late Late Show host opened his chat show with a performance of his version of Paul McCartney’s 1970 hit Maybe I'm Amazed, changing the lyrics to poke fun at the US president’s reaction to contracting coronavirus.

Corden, 42, played the grand piano as he sang: “Maybe I'm immune 'cause today I'm feeling so alive... just don't be afraid of the way I'm breathing.

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 10: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, September 10, 2020, with guests Usher and Joan Jett. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
James Corden performed the parody song on The Late Late Show. (Getty Images)

“Maybe I'm immune, it's okay to go out for a ride, with others trapped inside, maybe you're immune to the lies my doctors tell you.”

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The song was accompanied by clips of Trump, including a speech he gave on returning from hospital to the White House, removing his mask and declaring: “Now I'm better... and maybe I'm immune, I don't know.”

Corden’s song continued: “Maybe I'm a man and maybe I don't wear a mask 'cause I don't care about others, science I don't really understand.”

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 5: President Donald J. Trump salutes to Marine One from the Truman Balcony as he returns home after receiving treatments for the covid-19 coronavirus at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, at the White House on Monday, Oct 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
President Trump removed his mask on returning to the White House on Monday, despite having recently developed COVID-19. (Getty Images)

This was followed by a clip of the president suggesting to scientists at a press conference that if disinfectant can kill coronavirus, maybe they should try injecting it into patients.

The song went on: “Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm just high from this experimental cocktail... maybe I just need some oxygen.

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“Maybe I'm immune to the way the polls are looking now. Maybe I'm afraid that it's not fake news.

“Maybe I'm immune to all the lies that I have made... I shouldn't have downplayed.

“Maybe I'm afraid of the way that I might lose this... maybe on November 3 I just might lose this.”

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 9: Carpool Karaoke in London with Paul McCartney, scheduled to air on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN (Photo by Craig Sugden/CBS via Getty Images)
James Corden changed the words to Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed. (CBS via Getty Images)

Trump, 74, is standing for re-election on 3 November.

Polls indicate Democratic candidate Joe Biden is on course to win, but Trump has dismissed the polls as fake.

Hillary Clinton also had a clear lead over Trump in the polls for the majority of the 2016 campaign, but ended up losing that year’s election.

Paul McCartney, 1970s (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/WireImage)
Paul McCartney in the 1970s. (Richard E Aaron/WireImage)

Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday 1 October and subsequenty flown to hospital after he had trouble breathing.

But he returned to the White House on Monday, waving from his armoured vehicle, and, though still contagious, removed his mask while surrounded by staff and political aides.

Trump told the American people of coronavirus: “Don’t be afraid of it.”

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