Over the weekend, the combover king retweeted a pro-Trump clip from his White House social media director, Dan Scavino, which was soundtracked by LP’s iconic 2001 single.
Following a copyright complaint by the band’s management, the clip was axed from Twitter and replaced by the message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
Linkin Park – 1
Donald Trump – 0 pic.twitter.com/8rJKmQ500P
— SFDB (@sfdb) July 19, 2020
A Twitter rep later told The Guardian: “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives”.
Linkin Park themselves have since weighed in, to eradicate any last trace of confusion relating to their feelings about the sentient Cheeto currently sitting in the White House.
“Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music,” they tweeted. “A cease and desist has been issued.”
Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
You could say he tried so hard & got so far…. but in the end it didn’t even matter.
In case you need a refresher, Linkin Park’s late frontman, the iconic Chester Bennington, was also no fan of Trump’s.
Back in 2017, he tweeted: “I repeat… Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in.”
Linkin Park join a long list of musos to slam Trump for unauthorised use of their music for his political propaganda, including Neil Young, Dexys Midnight Runners, Panic! At The Disco, the Rolling Stones and more.