Donald Trump played The Rolling Stones‘ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ as he departed the stage following his acceptance speech.
Billionaire TV personality-turned-Republican candidate Trump took the US presidency overnight after a series of victories over rival Hillary Clinton. Trump had won several “swing states”, including Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina, allowing him to reach the 270 electoral college votes needed to ensure victory.
Appearing onstage at a rally in New York, Trump formally accepted the US Presidency and thanked voters for their support. After finishing his speech, the Stones’ 1969 hit played from the speakers.
The song choice angered many on social media, with some calling it “flat out unbelievable” and “a middle finger to everyone”. However, others have described the move as “the greatest troll of all time”.
Trump has provoked many musicians’ anger during his campaign, playing songs by the likes of Adele, Queen and REM despite the artists in question asking him not to. He has also defied the Rolling Stones’ own ban on their music.
Mick Jagger has since responded to the news by writing on Twitter: “Just was watching the news… maybe they’ll ask me to sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at the inauguration, ha!”
— Tara Mae Fleishauer (@misstaramae) November 9, 2016
Just was watching the news… maybe they'll ask me to sing 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' at the inauguration, ha!
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) November 9, 2016
During his speech, Trump said: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me. For those who have chosen not to support me… I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together to unify our great country.”
“It’s been what they call an historic campaign,” he added. ““But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down. We will do a great job. While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really only just beginning. We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you’ll be so proud of your president. It’s been an amazing honour… And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
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