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Trump angered Neil Young using three of his songs at controversial Mount Rushmore event

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Donald Trump angered Neil Young using three of his songs during his controversial visit to Mount Rushmore on Friday, July 3.

The musician also said he “stood in solidarity” with Lakota Sioux, who has long claimed the land as their own.

Mount Rushmore is on territory that was not ceded in the Black Hills treaties of 1851 and 1868.


Despite protests that erupted before the president’s arrival, he organized the Independence Day event and used Young’s songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Like a Hurricane”.

“This is NOT for me …” wrote a tweet posted by Neil Young Archives alongside the footage of the event.

He added in a follow-up post: “I am in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux and I do NOT agree with me.”

Trump also played “Cowgirl in the Sand”, but Young has yet to comment on its use.

Young’s music, which called Trump “shame on my country” in a hot open letter written in February, has already been used without his permission.

In 2015, he played “Rockin ‘in the Free World” while announcing his presidential candidacy without asking the musician’s permission.

“Donald Trump was not allowed to use” Rockin ‘in the free world “in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said a statement from Camp Young. The Hollywood Reporter.

Before Trump arrived, the Ogala Sioux Tribal Council voted to ban South Dakota president and governor Kristi Noem from attending.

The tribe said the lack of government-to-government consultation on the event was the main motivator for the vote.

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