Most everyone was surprised to hear Neil Young’s famously anti-Republican rock anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World” on Tuesday when Donald Trump announced that he was running for President of the United States.
Perhaps the most surprised was Young himself, who had no idea that the right-leaning real-estate developer planned to use his 1989 hit for his presidential announcement, and issued a statement Tuesday evening clarifying that he is absolutely not endorsing the host of Celebrity Apprentice for president.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin' In The Free World‘ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” Young’s long-time manager Elliot Roberts said in an e-mail circulated to press. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."
This message was apparently not received by Trump, who also used the song during his entrance at an Iowa event tonight. If it is any consolation to Young, though, Trump’s other musical choices this evening seem just as unauthorized and befuddling.
The Wall Street Journal reported that along with "Rockin’ In The Free World," there was "a medley of ’Phantom of the Opera,’ the Rolling Stones, and pop tunes before [Trump] took the stage."