Neil Young slams Trump for using his songs ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ and ‘Like A Hurricane’ at Mount Rushmore rally – The SunJuly 4, 2020
ROCKER Neil Young has voiced his disapproval at his music being featured at a Donald Trump rally which took place at Mount Rushmore on Friday night.
Young's songs Like a Hurricane and Rockin' in the Free World were both played during the South Dakota event.
"This is NOT ok with me…" Young tweeted after a video of the rally emerged.
"I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux and this is NOT ok with me," he reiterated.
The Black Hills, where Mt Rushmore is carved into the rock face, are sacred to the Lakota Sioux and the area is the site of an ongoing land dispute between the Sioux Nation and the government.
A group of Native American protesters attempted to block Trump’s path to the Rushmore rally prior to the event on Friday.
It's not the first time Young has voiced his displeasure at his music being appropriated by Trump.
In June 2015, Trump played Young's Freedom track immediately following announcing his intention to run for president.
The singer's rep said the singer did not authorize the song’s usage and also reiterated Young’s support of then-Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
The Trump campaign had purchased the rights to play Rockin’ in the Free World at rallies.
"Once the music goes out, anyone can use it for anything,” Young said in May 2016.
That same year, Young declared "F*** you, Donald Trump," at one of his concerts.
Trump will likely skip playing Young's recently re-versioned Lookin' for a Leader, which the singer tailored for Trump's presidency.
“We had Barack Obama and we really need him now,” Young sang during a recent Fireside Sessions concert.
“The man who stood behind him now has to take his place somehow/America has a leader building walls around our house/Don’t know Black Lives Matter and we gotta vote him out.”
During the president's fourth of July address to a crowd of 7,000, who mostly appeared unmasked, he hit out at violent protests and announced a new national monument featuring "statues of great Americans".
Trump used his Independence Day celebration speech at Mount Rushmore to attack the toppling of historic statues by "angry mobs".
"Make no mistake, this left wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution," Trump said.
"Our children are taught in school to hate their own country.
"Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.
"Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities."
His comments were met by cheers and chants of "USA" from the crowd.
In recent weeks protesters across the United States have demolished statues of mainly Confederate leaders after the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed.
Hours earlier, protesters tried to disrupt the rally by blocking the road leading to the monument.
Authorities worked to move the demonstrators, which were mostly Native Americans protesting that the state's Black Hills that form the monument were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements nearly a century ago.
About 15 protesters were arrested after missing a police-imposed deadline to leave, the Associated Press reported.
Both demonstrators and attendees at the event were seen flouting social distancing guidelines and very few were wearing coronavirus masks.
Trump made little mention of the coronavirus during his speech.
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