The estate of late music legend Tom Petty has released a statement and submitted a cease and desist notice to the Trump Campaign after his classic hit “Won’t Back Down” was played at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The family wrote: “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” read a statement issued by Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty, who administrate the singer’s estate. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
“We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this.”
We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued an official cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”
You can read the full statement here: