Breitbart reported that Neil Young’s latest strategy in his ongoing conflict with President Donald Trump involves announcing that he could sue the president (but won’t) and that he updated an old song to be re-released.
Young has been vocal about his disapproval of President Trump using his songs at campaign events, but says he will stop short of a lawsuit because he does not want to take the President’s attention away from the coronavirus response.
Young wrote in a letter to the President on his site; “Because you are in charge of the Covid 19 response here in the USA, I will not sue you, (as certainly is my right) potentially distracting from your important work at hand protecting and saving American lives,”.
President Trump has played Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World” at several rallies, including at President trump’s recent visit to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota last week.
I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me https://t.co/iPVcFplOHa
— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020
Along with Young’s claim that he did not want to distract the president, he also announced that he updated a song that he had written for Barack Obama in 2006 called “Lookin’ for a Leader”.
The letter ended with a more hopeful messsage of possible unity in the future, aided by President Trump. Young wrote; “With the enormous power you wield on our behalf, I wish you all the best in your critical battle to save American souls from this threat. I know you will do your best for all Americans, regardless of political leanings. I give you my encouragement in your efforts to Unify America.”.
Breitbart wrote more on Young’s musical taunting of President Trump.
In his letter, Young recommended a new song that he wrote with his wife, actress Darryl Hannah, that updates his 2006 song “Lookin’ for a Leader.”
“I suggest you listen to my song ‘Looking For a Leader 2020,” the musician said to President Trump. He said it is a “work I recently completed with my wife… I believe it would be an interesting addition to your next rally.”
The updated song features the lyrics: “We had Barack Obama, and we really need him now / The man who stood behind him has to take his place somehow” — a reference to Joe Biden.
“America has a leader building walls around our house / Don’t know Black Lives Matter and we gotta vote him out.”
The original song was penned in response to then-President George W. Bush.
Neil Young has repeatedly attacked President Trump on Twitter, calling the commander in chief a “loser,” “lowlife,” and “a disgrace to my country.”