In an interesting twist, the man that trademarked his own presidential campaign slogan (which he borrowed from Ronald Reagan and updated by adding one word to) hasn’t been seeking permission to use the music he’s been using to promote his presidential candidacy nationally. If this seems at all hypocritical, or surprising since he can afford to work out a deal to use the music but never does, know that many people across the nation have come to simply expect the unexpected from #Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Or perhaps the reason he does not ask permission is because he knows what the band’s reaction might be—a negative. And, in fact, know that many of the musicians he has used in the past have reacted similarly to the latest band’s move—as The O’Jays now became the most recent band to ask that their songs not be used to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Donald Trump’s earlier comments
With more than a handful of comments many perceive as racist appearing as highlights of Trump’s past speeches, using a minority band’s music may be Trump’s latest effort to make a connection with minorities. But the musicians, having not been asked, seem to have not forgotten Trump’s words, are reflecting what members of their community feel about the candidate and instead of feeling complimented by “Love Train” being integrated with “Trump Train,” asked that the plug be pulled on this activity after learning a second song of theirs, “For The Love of Money,” appeared without their consent in a video put out in support of Trump by John Mica, a Representative from Florida.
The O’Jays legal reaction to Trump’s use of their music
The O’Jays two members responsible for this action, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, acted with a cease and desist order. Williams stated publicly that their music is being used to promote a candidacy that has actually hurt many people with which they share “common ground” with, in short, minorities. Williams added that he is in fact “living proof” of the fact “America is already great” because he came from a disadvantaged background and made something of himself. Williams ended his public statement by adding, “We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics."
If Williams is, in fact, echoing the feelings of many minority voters, and minority voters are now starting to outnumber others in the polls, Trump may very well be regretting some of the comments he stated earlier in his campaign as he’s been trying to attract more minority voters to his side. However, predicting what may actually happen next in an election that has been unpredictable is certainly something that is difficult to do. #Donald Trump #Election 2016