Even as Donald Trump commits far more consequential crimes against the law and crimes against humanity, he also has another criminal habit: using songs at his rallies without the artist’s permission. We’ve seen a number of artists push back against this practice. Now two popular musicians from different genres and eras are lashing out at Trump at the same time, and they’re not holding back.
After CNN’s Philip Rucker reported on Twitter that Donald Trump was using the Rihanna song Don’t Stop The Music at a rally, Rihanna quickly jumped into the fray: “Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!” Rihanna’s response received nearly half a million likes. But she wasn’t the only one ripping into Trump.
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose also unleashed on Donald Trump: “Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events. Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent. Personally I kinda liked the irony of Trump supporters listening to a bunch of anti Trump music at his rallies but I don’t imagine a lot of ‘em really get that or care.”
Donald Trump has spent his entire life defrauding investors, running real estate scams, laundering money for criminals, and more recently, committing treason by conspiring with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election in his favor. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Trump is stealing people’s songs as well – but the powerful voices behind those songs are refusing to be silent about it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report