Neil Young says he's changed his mind about suing Donald Trump: 'I am looking at it again'


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Neil Young says he's changed his mind about suing Donald Trump: 'I am looking at it again'

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Neil Young says he's changed his mind about suing Donald Trump: 'I am looking at it again'

Neil Young  says he's considering legal action against  President Donald Trump  for playing his music at events.


© Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images for SXSW  In an open letter to President Trump, Neil Young said he liked one of his opponents with the initials "BS," seeming to refer to Bernie Sanders. "He is truly fighting for the USA," Young wrote.

Young has been outspoken before about his disapproval of Trump's use of his songs, but  he's previously written  that he has no legal recourse to stop him. Now, the musician says he's "reconsidering." 

"I am changing my mind about suing Donald Trump," Young  wrote online  Monday. "I am looking at it again. There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue."

Young suggested his change of heart was inspired by  Trump's deployment of federal agents  to curb civil unrest following the death of  George Floyd , a Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May.

In his post, Young said Trump "ordered thugs in uniform onto our streets" and shared a video of federal agents using force against a man in Portland, Ore. In an interview, the man says he is a military veteran.

"Trump has no respect for our military," Young wrote. "They are not to be used on the streets of America against law abiding citizens for a Political charade orchestrated by a challenged President."

He continued by describing the officers as "thugs with no IDs shooting Americans on the streets."

"They are not our police," he wrote. "Our police should arrest these untrained thugs for breaking our laws. They have zero de-escalation training, a must have for the job they are mishandling, so they’re totally unqualified to be there."

Neil Young is 'not ok'  with Donald Trump using his music at Mount Rushmore event

Young also criticized Trump's response to the  coronavirus pandemic .

"When the states asked for help with Covid 19, the president did not give it," he wrote. "He said he’s not responsible. When they said don’t bring military to our streets — we don’t need that, he did it anyway for his own political reasons — not for America. This rogue president is creating a much worse problem with his street thug army of uniformed hatred."

As a result of these actions, Young says he might sue the president.

"Imagine what it feels like to hear ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ after this president speaks, like it is his theme song," he wrote. "I did not write it for that."

On July 3, Trump spoke at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where he condemned those attacking monuments across the country and announced he would sign an executive order to establish a "National Garden of American Heroes."

During his appearance, the president played Young's songs to the crowd. 

"This is NOT ok with me," Young wrote on  Twitter  at the time. "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me."

This is NOT ok with me...  https://t.co/Q9j9NRPMhi
— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA)  July 4, 2020

Earlier this year, the Canadian-born artist announced that he became a citizen of the United States after having previously revealed that the 2020 election is what encouraged him to do so.

He said he wanted to "vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates" because "we’ve got a climate emergency, and governments are not acting."

"I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me," he told the Los Angeles Times in October. "But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here – they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion."

Neil Young says President Trump  is 'a disgrace to my country' in scathing open letter

Shortly after becoming a citizen, Young  penned a scathing open letter to Trump . The opening line: "You are a disgrace to my country." 

In the letter the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer criticized the president's position on climate change.

"Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable," Young wrote. "Your policies, decisions and short term thinking continue to exacerbate the Climate Crisis."

Canadian rocker Neil Young  is officially a U.S. citizen: 'I'm proud to be a Canarican'

Contributing: Rasha Ali

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:  Neil Young says he's changed his mind about suing Donald Trump: 'I am looking at it again'


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 years ago


Neil and I knew each other back in Toronto.  His brother Bob was a client, and gave me great tickets for Neil's concerts.  Neil is a really really good guy - Never misses playing at a Farm Aid concert for one thing, started with his late wife and maintains a charity for children with disabilities - he has a "Heart of Gold".

For those of you who are unable to access Tudou Music, the link is to Heart of Gold, sung by Neil Young. 

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2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 years ago

Neil Young on Trump:

"I hope people vote him out."

In an open letter to Trump:

"You are a disgrace to my country." 

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