Neil Young on Wednesday released an open letter ripping President Donald Trump as a “disgrace,” saying his “mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment, and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable.”
Young, who recently became a U.S. citizen, objected to the the use of his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Trump’s rallies, where it’s frequently played. He wrote that despite his lack of legal recourse, it “is not a song you can trot out at one of your rallies. Perhaps you could have been a bass player and played in a rock & roll band. That way you could have been onstage at a rally every night in front of your fans, if you were any good, and you might be …”
He added, “Every time ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ or one of my songs is played at your rallies, I hope you hear my voice. Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying U.S. citizen who does not support you. Me.”
Young ends the letter with a message expressing his support for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
“One of your opponents has the answers I like,” he writes. “He is aiming at preserving our children’s future directly. 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. He is truly fighting for the USA. His initials are BS. Not his policies.”
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