We can only imagine what famous liberal Neil Young thought when he heard Donald Trump launch a presidential bid using one of his songs. Actually, we didn’t have to wait long to find out what he thought.
Stop doing it, Young said.
Hours after Trump used “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the launch of his campaign in New York, Young’s people announced that “The Celebrity Apprentice” host did not have permission to use the song.
Here’s why: “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America,” said a statement from Young’s rep.
So no, Young can’t vote in American elections. But he certainly made his voice heard today.
You would think that candidates would know better by now. Trump is not the first to tick off an artist by co-opting their music.
According to UltimateClassicRock.com, Jackson Browne sued presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 for using “Running on Empty.” And last year John Mellencamp told Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to stop using “Small Town” at rallies.
A Trump spokesman told TMZ that the campaign “paid for and obtained the legal right” to use the song, but it won’t use it again.
Don’t Let It Bring You Down, Donald Trump.