Rock musician Neil Young, 74, has criticized Donald Trump, 74, for using his songs before a campaign event. The US President and his campaign leader played Young’s songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World”, “Like a Hurricane” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” before Trump’s speech at the opening of Independence Day of the United States at the Mount Rushmore National Monument.
Young made a clear statement on Twitter, saying, “I do NOT agree.”
The musician also wrote in a following tweet: “I am connected to the Lakota Sioux and that is NOT okay for me.”
Representative of the Sioux: Donald Trump is not welcome
The “Black Hills” in the State of South Dakota, in which the faces of the US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were chiseled, are part of the lands that the tribes of the US Senate held in 1868 Sioux were transferred. However, this agreement was never kept.
Ahead of Trump’s speech, a Sioux representative wrote in an open letter that the US President on Mount Rushmore was “undesirable” because the event had not been agreed with the Sioux. The Black Hills are sacred to the natives. Members of the Sioux had announced resistance to the celebration. Before the start of the event, there were protests that an access road was blocked, US media reported.
Neil Young had already clashed with Donald Trump in 2015 over the unauthorized use of “Rockin ‘in the Free World”. Trump took the stage at the sound of Young Hit from 1989 when he announced he wanted to run for president.