Tom Petty‘s family issued a cease and desist order to the Trump campaign after the late singer’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” was played during President Donald Trump‘s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the Petty family said on Twitter.
“Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together,” the family added.
“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man, and for everyone,” according to the family. They made it clear that they believe “everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this.”
“We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued a cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign,” the family tweeted.
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