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Trump Has Received A Cease And Desist About His Rallies But No One Expected Who Sent It

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At times of national crisis and tragedy, the most basic and vital requirement of statesmen is that they handle their public image well and with dignity, that they offer sensible reassurances and strong leadership, but avoid going over the top in any way.

So I guess that’s why, hours after a neo-Nazi maniac killed several Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week, Donald Trump decided it would be a good idea to appear at a campaign rally with Pharrell Williams’s hit song Happy playing in the background.

You probably couldn’t have come up with anything worse if you tried. First, why on Earth was Trump campaigning? It’s not like he’s one to be tame and measured at his rallies. This was mere hours after that awful terrorist attack. Secondly, and even more painstakingly obviously, what genius made the call that Pharrell Williams’s Happy would be a suitable tune for the occasion?

However, that’s not the end of the story. Nobody expected what came next.

As it turns out, poor old Pharrell wasn’t very happy (thank you) when he found out about all this. Quite right, too – I’d be livid if I found out my music had been completely misused in this way, without my permission. So, what did he do? Well, he got his lawyer to send a very, very sternly worded cease-and-desist letter to Trump’s team, basically ordering them not to do that ever again.

The letter drips with pure anger. It reads:

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

That was written by Howard King, attorney of Pharrell Williams. And he’s not pulling any punches, that’s for sure!

This isn’t the first time Trump’s music tastes have got him into hot water. Just a couple of months ago, he received a similar letter from the lawyer of Steven Tyler, frontman of band Aerosmith, who said: “Mr Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr Trump.” You might have thought he would have learned his lesson.

The Indiana rally was widely panned by the media, with most journalists pointing out what appalling taste was on display when Trump went on stage just hours after a brutal hate-fuelled massacre and made jokes about having a “bad hair day”. He had to mention the attack, of course – it was the colossal elephant in the room. But, in typical Trumpian style, he referred to it only as “an antisemitic act”. Couldn’t you possibly muster up any stronger condemndation than that at all, Mr. President?


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