Real estate mogul Donald Trump clearly hasn't listened closely to the lyrics of "Rockin' in the Free World." With its references to "a thousand points of light" and "a kinder, gentler nation," Neil Young was talking smack about President George H.W. Bush's brand of conservatism in the 1989 anthem.
That didn't keep Trump from blasting the song as he took the stage at New York City's Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce he'd seek the Republican nomination for president.
"Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America."
As if he needed backup, CSNY bandmate and fellow badass David Crosby tweeted, "Trump has picked a fight with the wrong guy ... bad idea."
Young appears to be on a serious Vermont kick these days.
In addition to endorsing Vermont's iconoclastic senator, he's been boycotting Starbucks since last November. Young claims the coffee chain "has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont" over the state's genetically-modified organism labeling law. Though Starbucks has said that's not the case, Young has stuck to his guns, citing the company's membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which is suing Vermont.