Trump’s music choices have regularly raised eyebrows. The musical choices for Trump’s events suggest he’s a creature of habit: the same songs are generally played over and over, whether at a campaign rally or a presidential event. Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan, on Sept. 10. “The very first lines of ‘Fortunate Son’ is, some folks are born to wave the flag, oh they’re red white and blue, but when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’ they point the cannon at you,” Fogerty said. While we have to wait until all the votes are counted to know the full effect of anti-Trump anthems like Lovato’s “Commander in Chief,” her music video has already racked up more than 6 million views on YouTube, proving people are definitely listening. Updates with earlier comments from Victor Willis, Georgia Secretary of State Isolates After Wife's Virus Test, New York’s Max Rose Loses Re-Election to House; Republican Pickup, Pennsylvania Court Tosses Some Mail-In Ballots With ID Fixes, Trump’s GOP Wall Cracks a Bit Over Biden Intelligence Briefings. ( Updates with earlier comments from Victor Willis ) Published on September 11, 2020, 3:50 PM EDT “This is a period in which the discourse around music is intensely political and major pop stars aren’t shying away from expressing their views,” explained Lynskey over email. Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels, China-Anchored Free-Trade Zone, World’s Biggest, Nearly Done, Target Is Reopening Its Looted Store With Black Shoppers in Mind, Deep-Freeze Hurdle Makes Pfizer’s Vaccine One for the Rich, Stocks Slump on Lockdown Angst Amid Stimulus Limbo: Markets Wrap. “An election is one of the few times that a song can actually have a practical impact.”. “Tom Petty would never want a song used for a campaign of hate.”. The Trump campaign and White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Trump had played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the conclusion of his rallies until June. In addition to the Stones, Neil Young and the estate of Tom Petty and have publicly objected to the Trump campaign dipping into their catalogs. As for Fogerty, he said in his statement that Trump’s June march across Lafayette Square, across from the White House, to hold a Bible in front of a church damaged in police brutality protests was emblematic of the kind of people “Fortunate Son” was intended to criticize. “With Black Lives Matter and then Trump, the last six years have been another period when artists are rewarded for addressing political concerns because audiences demand it.”. Trump 2020 (Official Theme Song) - Ice, Ice, Agents - YouTube While the tradition of political songs dates back centuries, in recent years the music industry has further entwined itself with the democratic process through initiatives like Rock The Vote and HeadCount, which has heavily relied on concerts and festivals to register voters. While some tracks take a more abstract approach to broaching Trump’s presidency like Mick Jagger’s track “Pride Before a Fall” others like De La Soul’s “Remove 45” are blatant pleas to unseat the president. And as Americans got ready to cast their ballots, musicians increasingly stepped up to the mic.

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