Published Jun 21, 2020Tom Petty's estate has issued a cease-and-desist against Donald Trump following the president's usage of the song "I Won't Back Down" at his under-attended campaign rally in Tulsa, OK.
In a statement on Twitter, the songwriter's estate confirmed that it has not authorized the song's usage. The message condemned Trump, saying, "Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate."
The statement adds that, while "everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like," Trump's presidency doesn't accurately reflect the values of America or democracy.
The message is signed by Petty's daughters Adria and Annakim; his wife at time of his death, Dana; and his ex-wife Jane. Read the statement below.
Throughout his tumultuous presidency, Trump has been repeatedly rejected by the music world. Rihanna, Neil Young and Aerosmith have all condemned him for using their songs at rallies, and Trump famously had difficulty finding artists to perform at his inauguration.