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Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump campaign

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones has become a staple at Trump campaign rallies, but now the group is threatening to sue the campaign. The Rolling Stones released a statement on Saturday addressing the matter.

“This could be the last time President Donald Trump uses Stones songs. Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning. The Stones’ legal team is working with BMI. BMI has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement. If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

The song became popular with Trump supporters when the president had it played after his 2016 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. It’s become his walk-off song at most political rallies including his recent event in Tulsa, OK.

BMI is a major performing rights organization that is taking on the Trump campaign on behalf of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

“The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorizes the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI’s repertoire wherever campaign events occur,” a BMI spokesperson said. “There is a provision, however, that allows BMI to exclude musical works from the license if a songwriter or publisher objects to its use by a campaign. BMI has received such an objection and sent a letter notifying the Trump campaign that the Rolling Stones’ works have been removed from the campaign license, and advising the campaign that any future use of these musical compositions will be in breach of its license agreement with BMI.”

Numerous other musicians have taken issue with their songs being played at Trump’s campaign rallies over the last four years, including Neil Young, Queen, Pharrell Williams and the estate of Tom Petty.

Recently, Petty’s family posted a statement on the late singer’s Twitter account saying Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate.

The Democratic Coalition, a far-left group that prides itself on resistance and claims to fight foreign influence, praised the Rolling Stones for their stance.

“Nobody wants their music associated with the hate and racism of @realDonaldTrump and his campaign. Bravo, @RollingStones! #RacistInChief,” the group tweeted.

The Trump campaign maintains that it has the right to play the songs in question because the venues it uses have a different license agreement than the campaign. Venues often have a performance rights organization blanket license in place that allow politicians to get away with playing songs they’ve been asked not to play.

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  1. Mark Gilbaugh June 30, 2020

    time for a new closing tune anyway..something American kind of like some Toby Keith

  2. Eva June 30, 2020

    This is too funny…since when do uneducated rock stars have any say…I remember when they were demons of society….

  3. JoeyP June 30, 2020

    I would exclude ALL songs by the Rolling Stones and replace it with a MUCH BETTER one . . . which there are easily MANY! Plus, we DON’T need those UGLY looking Liberals, ANYWAY. One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  4. Sharon Bernard June 30, 2020

    The Rolling Stones have no rights for this song anymore!! The time has gone by for their rights to the song. They do not own the song anymore!! They are old news!

  5. lizzardman June 30, 2020

    Mick and crew just placed themselves on my list of libturds that can just KMA!

  6. TANIA HERNANDEZ June 30, 2020

    I will exclude the Rolling Stones too, will never hear again. After all, there are a lot of new and very talented musicians that love this great Country. This is not about Politicians, this is about the United States of America.

  7. Elaine Morris June 30, 2020

    It is not really about the music, but a politically motivated hate stance. Just find someone who supports Trump and play their music. No need to let the Rolling Stones or any other group try to intimidate and threaten.

  8. Nola lindskog June 30, 2020

    I never liked those jackasses anyway so good riddance he needs to do country music and there are a bunch that would be more then happy to have him use there music.

  9. Sarah June 30, 2020

    I suggest that these artists who limit use of their music for the rally audiance to enjoy rhan everyone who are deprived of the brief exposure of their music should never buy or attend any of your music or concerts. You are truly an insult to me as a prior follower of yours since your first release many many years ago. Very sad decision on your part.

  10. Will Triebel June 30, 2020

    Who needs anything from those hate filled “anti-hate” morons? There are other musicians that would likely be proud to have there songs used. I think something like Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA ending his speech would be awesome.

  11. Betty June 30, 2020

    Hate and racism comes mainly from the left, not the right and certainly not from Trump. The left has so brainwashed people to call good evil and evil good, just like the Bible warned us.

  12. Columbusbabe June 30, 2020

    Rolling Stones goes back to my teen years, which makes your music probably more popular to baby boomers who are probably more prone to be conservative, and disgusted with the destroy and burn of the younger generation. So I will just stomp on and get rid of all your music I bought over the years that helped you get ahead, along with millions of others. And I’ll do the same with the others, like Queen, etc. Shame on you RS! With you “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction!”

  13. Jojodmonkey June 30, 2020

    Screw those demonic old drug addict democrats scumbags! As long as he is paying those demons royalties there is nothing they can do about it! Hahahaha welcome to the real world demons!

  14. shontel June 30, 2020

    The song NO longer belong to the Rolling Stones. And does everyone know that HATE and RACISM comes from the DEMOCRAPS not Republicans. This lefties are out of control!!!! please give them a slap in the face so they can wake up and smell the coffee. DEMOCRAPS are full of HATE.

  15. Danny Galiszewski June 30, 2020


  16. PS June 30, 2020

    Trump/Pence 2020 Perfect Vision for America..

  17. Donna June 30, 2020

    In the first place President Trump is not a racist! The Rolling Stones are in with all these other hot shots that hate our President. Hatred will get you nowhere! I would think one should be proud that the President Of The United States Of America would want their music played for them! Shame on The Rolling Stones! (Donna)

  18. Louisa Swanson June 30, 2020

    The scary part is all the Twitter followers that agree with them!
    I just can;t believe there are some people that DO!!

  19. shelley cannon July 1, 2020

    what a bunch of a….oles. Screw them and their music. I used to like them.never again. Yes, Donald, go with country..at least they’re honest

  20. AmericanPatriot July 1, 2020

    There’s a whole lot of fools in this nation that actually believe the corrupt lying media and flatly refuse to see all our good PRESIDENT is doing to put Americans back to work and undo all the racial damage Ohomo did during his usurpation of the Presidents office. I wish these fools could just be blown away. Be a lot better world.

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