The folk singer recently criticised Trump for using 'Rockin' In The Free World' to launch his US Presidential candidacy campaign
Donald Trump has hit back at Neil Young, labelling the folk singer a “total hypocrite” after the artist criticised Trump’s use of his song ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ to mark the launch of his US Presidential candidacy campaign earlier this month.
The businessman and TV personality announced that he will run in the race to be the Republican candidate in the 2016 election. Holding a press conference at Trump Towers in New York last week (June 17) to confirm the news, Trump took to the stage with Young’s 1989 song playing in the background. However, Young’s representatives later criticised Trump’s actions, claiming that they hadn’t approved for the song to be used.
After the singer himself was quoted as saying “I make my music for people, not for candidates”, he later allowed Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders to use the song at a rally.
While Trump’s camp have claimed that they did in fact have approval to use the track, but won’t be utilising the song again, the Apprentice US star has now posted a series of tweets.
Trump begins: “A few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal & called me last week to go to his concert. Wow!”, before adding: “.@Neilyoung’s song, “Rockin’ In The Free World” was just one of 10 songs used as background music. Didn’t love it anyway.”
Watch footage of Trump taking to the stage to Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ below.
Last week, David Crosby took to Twitter to express his views on Trump’s use of the song, writing: “Trump has picked a fight with the wrong guy …bad idea”. See that tweet beneath.
Meanwhile, Young will release his 36th studio album, ‘The Monsanto Years’, next week. He recorded the LP with Promise Of The Real, his new band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah. The record features protest songs aimed at Monsanto, a controversial agricultural company that Young has been publicly condemning for years. The singer will release a documentary film about the making of the record alongside the LP.