Tom Petty Family Members Unite to Denounce Trump for Using ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at Rally
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Four Tom Petty family members came together on Saturday night to quickly publish a statement beating the president for using the rocker "I Won't Back Down" at his Tulsa campaign event. Petty said he would never want a song from him for an election campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together. "
The statement said Donald Trump "was in no way authorized to use this song to advance a campaign that left too many Americans and common sense. Both the late Tom Petty and his family are firmly against racism and discrimination of any kind. "
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The statement was signed by Adria and Annakim Petty, his two daughters, as well as Dana Petty, his wife at the time of his death in 2017, and Jane Petty, his former wife. They end the note by saying that they will file an injunction against the campaign.
"I Won't Back Down," one of the most enduring songs in Petty's catalog, was played before the President's appearance at the legendary under-attended rally at the BOK Center in Oklahoma.
"Tom wrote this song for the outsider, for the common man and for everyone," wrote Petty's survivors in their joint statement. "We want to make it clear that we believe that everyone can choose what they want, how they want, but the Petty family doesn't stand for it." We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump doesn't represent the noble ideals of either. We would hate to see fans marginalized by this government think we were involved in this use. At the same time, we stopped the Trump campaign. "
The end of Trump's long and typically polarizing speech was, as always, achieved by the opening tribes of the Rolling Stones "you can't always get what you want". The British group has repeatedly asked the Trump campaign to stop using the song, with no success.
Others who have objected to Trump's use of their music at rallies are Pharrell Williams, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Neil Young, Adele and the Village People.
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