Donald Trump Fires Back at Neil Young, Calls Him a ‘Hypocrite’
Only a week into his presidential campaign, and Donald Trump is already entangled in his first political snafu. In his continued back-and-forth with Neil Young over the use of the singer’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” during his candidacy announcement, Trump has now shot back at Young and accused him of being a “hypocrite.”
Trump and Young’s feud all began with the former’s slow escalator descent to the sounds of Young’s 1989 song, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” during the announcement revealing he would enter the 2016 presidential race. This warranted a response from Young, who said he makes “music for people, not for candidates,” while making sure to express his support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Now, in a series of tweets posted yesterday (June 24), Trump called out Young’s recent visit to the mogul’s office in search of funding for his Pono music player. He even posted a glad-handing photo of the two:
Of course, Trump -- ever the level-headed figurehead -- concluded his thoughts with a not-at-all-passive-aggressive jab at his chosen intro song, writing, “Didn’t love it anyway”:
For Young’s part, the singer has already freely -- and perhaps preemptively -- admitted to turning to Trump for financial backing.
“A picture of me with [Trump] was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement,” Young wrote in a Facebook statement expanding on Trump’s use of “Rockin’ in the Free World”, “but it was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high-resolution music service.”
Young also used the Facebook post as a chance to, once again, take aim at the agricultural corporation, Monsanto -- the subject of his upcoming album, fittingly titled, The Monsanto Years -- for its use of GMOs. The album is slated for a June 29 release, but you can stream it now in its entirety right here.
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