Tom Petty's family slams Trump for campaign playing 'I Won't Back Down' at Tulsa rally

Their statement described the president's campaign as one of 'hate'

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June 22, 2020 - 7:29pm

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    The family of the late-Tom Petty has issue a cease-and-desist order to keep the 2020 Trump campaign from again playing the American singer-songwriter's "I Won't Back Down" during rallies.

    The campaign played the song over a public address system as part of the president's rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    In a statement, Petty's daughters, widow and first wife lambasted the president – described his campaign one "of hate," in addition to issuing the order.

    “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” their statement declares. “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.”

    Petty, a Florida native, was known for his songs about Americana including "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance."

    "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," the Petty family also said. "We believe in America and we believe in Democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either.





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