Every presidential candidate knows that the one thing they need to attract voters (besides, you know, a highly qualified background) is a great campaign song. Donald Trump, who announced his candidacy earlier this week, made a solid decision with his. He chose, “Rockin’ in the Free World” by folk legend Neil Young. Well, Young isn’t thrilled about that, and he’s making it public.
Trump blared the tune from Manhattan’s Trump Tower, which was, for Young, the opposite of okay. A statement from the musician’s team read on Tuesday that Trump “was not authorized” to use the song and that Young (who is still a Canadian citizen) supports Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
Sounds reasonable. But then, Trump’s manager, Corey Lewandowski, took to Fox news with an oppositional statement. The manager said that Trump and his team acquired the legal rights to Young’s recording of this song. Lewandowski claims these rights were acquired “through a licensing agreement with the ASCAP.” It is not yet clear which of these is accurate.