American Singer and record producer, Tom Petty died Close to three years ago. His name however made news over the weekend due to Donald Trump’s controversial re-election rally held in Tulsa amidst disregard for social distancing, and protective clothing against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Trump sparked outrage at his controversial Tulsa, Oklahoma rally after playing Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” to the huge crowd who geared and cheered as he spoke vile of the Coronavirus.
The President didn’t seek permission before using the song at his campaign rally according to reports and the family of Tom Petty.
The family of the late songwriter took to twitter to make the revelations this morning. They said their Tom Petty wouldn’t want his song played at a rally of “hate” and “racism”.
“Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate,” parts of the statement read.
The family said the campaign rally goes against all common sense and the President wasnt authorized to use the song there.
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) June 21, 2020
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.”
“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideas of either.
“We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued an official cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”
The rally was held in the 19,000-seat BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend.