The family of legendary singer Tom Petty has sent Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign a cease and desist notice, saying their usage of Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” at the president’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally was never authorized.
“Trump was no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the family in a statement on Petty’s official Twitter account.
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) June 21, 2020
“… 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,” the statement continued.
The family has also issued cease and desist letters to George W. Bush and the late Arizona Senator John McCain over usage of the song.
The Saturday rally was the first one held by Trump since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
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