Donald Trump’s campaign trail has had many anthems, all short-lived once the creators of those songs became knowledgeable of their use. Michael Stipe eloquently told Team Trump to “Go F*** Yourselves” while Steven Tyler used the more subtle means: several cease and desist letters.
Before looking to the best royalty-free music to soundtrack his campaign, Trump caught a break from an old “friend”: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. Courtesy of Canadian Business:
“He called and he asked, which I appreciated,” Snider says of his former boss from Celebrity Apprentice, the show he willingly went to the chopping block on in 2013. “I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything. There are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody’s doing that, he sure is. Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.”
It obviously seems odd to equate “rebellion” with a billionaire wanting to build walls along borders, but Snider’s stance is his to make. He also believes the public persona Trump brings to the stage is more an act than reality.
“I have spent time with Donald and his family,” Snider goes on to say. “I don’t think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He’s a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he’s very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair.”