Leave Those Beatles And Stones Alone, Donald Trump! (TWEETS)

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign, he has used recordings of many popular songs to rally his supporters at campaign stops and at the Republican convention. Invariably, none of the artists were happy about that, as none of them want anything to do with his unsavory campaign. From Neil Young:

“I make my music for people not for candidates.”

From Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler:

“This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump’s campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators.”

From REM singer Michael Stipe:

“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

From Queen guitarist Brian May:

“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – about Donald Trump using our We Are The Champions track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”

Representatives for Adele and the Rolling Stones have also issued public statements calling for Donald Trump to cease using songs by those artists. However, as far as the Donald is concerned, nobody can tell him what to do, so on July 18, 2016, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump made a grand entrance to the tune of “We Are The Champions.” Four days later, his campaign scored his acceptance speech with a double insult, with the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” being played as his daughter Ivanka took the stage to introduce him, and the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” playing as he made his entrance.

Understandably, the late George Harrison’s estate offered the following statement via Twitter:

As is the case with Donald Trump making his entrance to “We Are The Champions,” it is absolutely inappropriate that his campaign use “Here Comes The Sun” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” because none of the lyrics to any of these songs fit Donald Trump’s narrative. In the specific case of “Here Comes The Sun,” between Donald Trump’s vow to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex marriage is constitutional and the estimate that his proposal that “everybody’s taxes is [sic] going down” will add $11 trillion to the national debt, a Trump Presidency would mean Stygian darkness for the United States, perhaps irredeemably so. Also, how the hell can you take a guy seriously if he is reiterating Sir Mick Jagger’s advice that “You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometimes/You just might find/You get what you need” when a $5 million inheritance and many tens of millions more grifted out of employees, contractors and clients has enabled him to afford to believe that money buys everything?

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