Jul 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Neil Young blasts Trump for using his music at Mt. Rushmore

Neil Young wears flannel and plays the guitar
Neil Young in Sept. 2019 in East Troy, Wisconsin. Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images

Neil Young spoke out against President Trump this weekend for using two of his songs at a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Flashback: Young's management company had a similar grievance with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, saying that the then-candidate was not allowed to use "Rockin' in the Free World" for his candidacy announcement in 2015.

Driving the news: The Rolling Stones threatened to sue the Trump campaign this week for using the band's songs at rallies, AP reports.

What they're saying: "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me," Young tweeted in response to his song "Like a Hurricane" being played before the Fourth of July event on Friday.

  • "This is NOT ok with me..." he said, in response to a video of his song "Rockin' in the Free World" being played during the event.
  • Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment. The White House declined to comment.
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