squeezing into the clown car announcing his intention to run for President, Donald Trump gave a big wave to the crowd as Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World played. At the time that struck me as odd. Isn’t Neil Young incredibly liberal? Did Trump just give Young assloads upon assloads of money to use his song?
It turns out that yes, Neil Young is very liberal and no, Trump did not give him any money for the song. Trump didn’t have Neil’s permission to use the song which, as you could imagine, pissed off Neil Young:
Since “Rockin’ in the Free World” was written as a critique of the Republican George H. W. Bush administration and how it did not care about America’s poor, you can see why Young wouldn’t be very excited about the conservative multi-billionaire appropriating his tune and misrepresenting its message.