Family of Tom Petty Issues Cease and Desist to Trump Campaign

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 file photo, Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLII football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

NATIONWIDE – It is the latest copy of a backlash for a political candidate who used a pop song without permission.

Tom Petty’s family imposed the penalty on the Trump campaign after using ‘I Won’t Back Down’ during the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday.

“Trump was in no way empowered to use this number to continue a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” Petty’s family wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Petty died in 2017 after an accidental drug overdose. The song in question was released on his first solo album, “Full Moon Fever” from 1989. The song features contributions from George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and guitarist Mike Campbell.

Petty’s family was critical of the Trump campaign in its statement, associating it with racism and division:

“The late Tom Petty and his family are firmly opposed to racism and any form of discrimination. Tom Petty would never want a song from him used for a hate campaign. He liked to bring people together. ‘

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