(TheFreedomFlag.com) – Singer Neil Young has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump in the past. He was unhappy that Trump used his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” during his 2015 campaign, even though the president paid for the rights to do so.
Now, he is making his thoughts even clearer, as he penned an open letter to Trump this week.
Young, a native of Canada who only became a citizen of the United States recently, wrote to Trump: “You are a disgrace to my country.” As a new citizen of the U.S., Young plans to vote for Democrat in the 2020 presidential election, and he has shown support for Bernie Sanders as well as former President Barack Obama.
Young’s letter reads in part:
“Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable. Your policies, decisions and short-term thinking continue to exacerbate the Climate Crisis. Our first black president was a better man than you are.
“US justice is ours — not yours. One of your opponents has answers I like. He is aiming at preserving our children’s future directly. He is not popular with the democratic establishment because unlike all the other candidates, he is not pandering to the industries accelerating Earth’s Climate Disaster, the end of the world as we know it. He is truly fighting for the USA. His initials are BS (Bernie Sanders). Not his policies. We are going to vote you out and Make America Great Again.
“I hope you hear my voice. Remember, it is the voice of a tax-paying US citizen who does not support you. Me.”
As a native Canadian, it’s no surprise that Young supports Sanders. After all, one of Sanders’ main platforms is Medicare for All, which is based at least in part on Canada’s Medicare health-care system. That health-care system has always been a “point of pride” in Canada, but for all the good publicity it gets, some studies are showing it’s out of date, needs to be updated and results in extremely long wait times for non-emergency visits, testing and procedures.
In Young, Trump has another vocal opponent who’s looking to make some noise to disrupt his bid for re-election. Whether many people will listen to the now 74-year-old rocker is anyone’s guess. All he’s really doing is reiterating thoughts that he shared with Rolling Stone magazine back in 2018 when the controversy surrounding Trump’s usage of Young’s song arose.
Back then, Young wrote: “DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ at his appearances. Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes.”
Unfortunately for Neil, Trump didn’t need his permission to use the song as part of his campaign. As Trump’s campaign confirmed at the time, they entered into a licensing agreement with ASCAP to pay for the rights to play the song.
That didn’t sit well with Young, though, and neither do Trump’s policies now.