Very few musicians want to be connected to Donald Trump. For every Toby Keith or Kid Rock, there are ten Neil Youngs or REMs.
And while it is horrible to have Trump use one of your songs during a normal rally, it’s much worse when he uses songs at an NRA rally days after elementary school students were massacred with an assault rifle.
This weekend, Trump used the song Hold On I’m Coming. The 1966 song was performed by Sam and Dave and written by Isaac Hayes. The family of Hayes have come out strongly against Trump, blasting his song choice.
On a Hayes Twitter feed, the family wrote, “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of “Hold on I’m Coming’” by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere.”
The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of “Hold on I’m coming’” by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekends @NRA convention.
Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere.
— Isaac Hayes (@isaachayes) May 28, 2022
Unfortunately for Hayes and other musicians, there is very little that can be done to stop Trump from co-opting their music. The best they can do is come out against the man and his policies.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.