Fogerty is the latest in a long line of musicians who are outraged that Trump has appropriated their songs to promote themselves without permission and no matter how much they despise him.
Trump’s Use Of “Happy Son” Is Bizarre Because He’s The Kind Of “Happy Son” that is beamed in the song. It’s about how the rich and politically connected get special breaks including dodging conscription unlike everyone else. “I’m not a millionaire’s son,” notes the angry lyrics in the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic.
Trump dropped out of service in Vietnam with student postponement, and a very suspicious medical claim of “bone tracks”. He once joked to shock jock Howard Stern that he was against his… “own personal Vietnam” by fighting to avoid sexually transmitted diseases from all the women he had slept with. “I feel like a great and very brave soldier,” he thoughtlessly boasted, referring to the period when American men his age died in Vietnam.
It’s Trump’s rich man evading his service in Vietnam while helping himself to Fogerty’s song that especially annoys the rocker — just like Trump’s tax dodging.
“I wrote this song because as a veteran I was disgusted that some people could be barred from serving our country because they had access to political and financial privileges,” Fogerty tweeted Friday. “I also wrote about rich people who didn’t pay their fair share of taxes.”
Trump is an “excellent example of both problems. The fact that Mr. Trump is also fanning the flames of hatred, racism and fear as he rewrites recent history is all the more reason to be concerned about his use of my song,” Fogerty added.
Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire, paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, The New York Times reported, which obtained several years of Trump’s tax returns. In 10 of the previous 15 years, he paid not a cent in federal income taxes.
“I object to the president using my song ‘Fortunate Son’ in any way for his campaign. He’s using my words and my voice to get a message out that I don’t subscribe to,” Fogerty tweeted. “That’s why I’m issuing a ‘ceasefire’ order.”
Fogerty has said he is stunned by Trump’s use of the song, because he is exactly the kind of man he sifts through the lyrics.
Trump has helped himself to music against the will of a roster of artists including Neil Young, Adele, Rihanna, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Elton John — and Prince’s estate last year.
Twitter deleted a Trump campaign video from the president’s account last year after Queen complained about unauthorized use from the band’s song “We Will Rock You.” A manipulated video featuring “Photograph” by Nickelback posted by Trump was also removed.
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