Donald Trump Used Rockin’ In The Free World For His Presidential Candidacy Announcement Without Permission — And Neil Young Is NOT Happy About It!

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Neil Young won’t be voting for Donald Trump anytime soon!

On Tuesday, the real estate mogul announced himself as a Republican presidential candidate for 2016, in what will be his fifth shot at being president!

In an attempt to seem the slightest bit relatable to potential voters, the 69-year-old blasted Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World as he took the stage at Trump Tower in New York City to make the announcement.

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The problem with that was Trump did NOT have permission to use the iconic musician’s song and the rocker wasn’t happy about it! Young’s rep had this to say:

“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.”


The ironic part is that the hit 1989 tune was written as a critique of George H. W. Bush‘s administration — the 69-year-old artist is anything but a republican.

Trump’s use of the song has enraged Young’s former bandmate David Crosby. The Crosby, Still, Nash & Young musician shared the following message on his Twitter:

It’s not surprising that the presidential hopeful takes whatever he wants without permission. If this is any indication of how he’ll run his campaign, we can look forward to him upsetting a lot more people!

[Image via David Sims/WENN.]

Jun 17, 2015 10:14am PDT

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