Neil Young pens scathing open letter to Donald Trump

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 22, 2020

Nope, only a month after being naturalized as an official US citizen, Young, 74, went on a scathing rant defending his country against its Republican leader on Tuesday via the Neil Young Archives.

Let there be no more doubt - if ever there was - that Neil Young really, really, really does not like President Donald Trump.

"Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying USA citizen who does not support you", said the musician. "You are a disgrace to my country", the letter began.

He also scolded Trump, 73, for using his 1989 song "Rockin' in the Free World", which soundtracked Trump's entrance at his 2015 announcement that he was running for president.

Young goes on to criticise Trump's use of his music, declaring, "Hold on Rockin' in the Free of charge Planet is not a tune you can trot out at one particular of your rallies".

Asked if he had a preferred Young work, Trump was vague: "It's sort of all favorite". For one thing, Young's a passionate environmentalist, which is one of the first points raised in the letter.

He identifies his candidate of choice only via initials.

"One of your opponents has the answers I like", Young noted. He is aiming at preserving our children's upcoming instantly. He is not popular with the democratic establishment because unlike all the other candidates, he is not pandering to the industries accelerating Earth's climate crisis, the end of the world as we know it. His initials are BS (Bernie Sanders).

Just weeks after the Canadian rocker officially became a dual citizen of th eUnited States as well, he's penned an excoriating letter to Donald Trump, calling him "a disgrace to my country" and endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.

Trump has yet to respond to Young's letter but ironically, he's spoken highly of him in the past. Young encouraged fans to vote against Trump in a series of social media posts, concluding that voting the president out is the only way to " make America great again".

"Through a licensing agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump's campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young's recording of "Rockin" In The Free World, '" said Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at the time. He added, "I've met him on occasions and he's a terrific guy". "It's sort of all favorite", he said.

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