America has long been anticipating — and dreading — this moment. On Tuesday, Donald Trump finally announced his presidential campaign after teasing it for decades. And he had the perfect song picked out for his announcement speech: Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." It was surely a stirring moment for Trump's supporters, but one person is furious with the song choice. Neil Young slammed Donald Trump for using "Rockin' in the Free World," saying the real estate mogul did not have permission to use it, according to a statement from the musician's publicist.
After Young learned that Trump had used his classic song as a backdrop to his entrance into politics, the musician issued this statement:
Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America.
Trump has not responded to Young's statement as of press time.
During his 45-minute speech, Trump rambled on a variety subjects, such as border control, China, and, of course, Obama. He also made sweeping promises like this one:
Sadly the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.
He also bragged without shame, saying, "I'm proud of my net worth, I've done an amazing job." And simply:
I'm really rich.
Besides the fact that Trump was not authorized to use the song, there's another glaring reason why "Rockin' in the Free World" is a poor choice for the tycoon. The song is actually widely considered a sharp criticism of President Reagan and Bush's policies of the '80s, and the economic inequality of the time period. Trump's whole schtick is about ostentatious wealth. If Young wrote the song more recently, it could very well include criticism of Trump himself.
So now that "Rockin' in the Free World" is out, what's Trump going to put on his campaign trail playlist? Well, I have a few suggestions, and they're much more appropriate for the Donald.
I, personally, would like to see Trump hit Iowa with Jay Z's "Big Pimpin'" blasting in the background. And if he were to choose just one song to represent his campaign, what better choice than "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays? It was the theme song to The Celebrity Apprentice after all, and the theme song to his life.
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