Leonard Cohen Estate Rips Trump Campaign for Using Song After Being Denied Permission

There are a few musicians, whether it be Kid Rock or Ted Nugent, that are big fans of Donald Trump. The President, however, does not tend to play their music at his campaign events. For some reason, he likes to play the music of artists who don’t want anything to do with him.

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And these rock stars regularly complain about the use of their art. Neil Young, for example, recently threatened to sue the campaign. Add the estate of Leonard Cohen to the list of people upset with Trump. The family of the Canadian signer ripped Trump over the weekend for using the song Hallelujah at the RNC.

The GOP had reached out to the family in advance for permission to use the tune. That permission was not granted. Still, the song was played twice at the RNC.

With little recourse, the estate of Cohen ripped Trump in a strong worded statement.

“We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC [Republican National Committee] would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner ‘Hallelujah,’ one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue,” wrote lawyer Michelle Rice.

Rice continued, “Had the RNC requested another song, ‘You Want It Darker,’ for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song.”

The Trump campaign has yet to respond to the criticism from the Cohen family.

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