Donald Trump played with fire and now he’s been burned.
Now he’s learned that he can’t always get what he wants and will be getting no satisfaction whatsoever.
All because wild horses couldn’t convince the Rolling Stones to allow an American president who tries to keep the nation under his thumb from using their songs as part of the entertainment at his rallies to keep up their energy all down the line.
The Stones have told Trump to get off of their cloud many times before, dating back to his 2016 campaign when they served the campaign with cease and desist orders that Trump has repeatedly ignored as if he couldn’t hear them knocking.
Rather than simply succumbing to a nineteenth nervous breakdown over the intellectual property and copyright violations by the American president, the group has devised a strategy to sway Trump to stop using their music by working with performing rights organization BMI to sue the president’s campaign for violating licensing agreements.
After hearing “You Can’t Always Get What you Want” played at Trump’s disastrous Tulsa rally last weekend, the Rolling Stones were shattered and decided that it was all over now.
In a statement issued to the publication partly named after themselves, the band told Rolling Stone magazine:
“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/Richards songs on his campaigns,” the Stones said yesterday. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit.”
With no expectations that Trump will suddenly decide that he is subject to the rule of law, the Stones’ lawyers will likely be getting their rocks off on starting up the litigation before too long.
With the election quickly approaching, the band knows that the law, as well as time, is on their side.
With no sympathy for this particular devil, these street fighting men will continue to refuse to be Trump’s musical beasts of burden, as have many other musicians like Bruce Springsteen, the estate of the late Tom Petty, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, and Neil Young.
As for Donald Trump, you can be sure that once he’s defeated in November neither the Rolling Stones nor any of the other rock stars mentioned above — nor any rational American — will be humming “Miss You” as he walks out the White House doors — preferably in chains — and becomes yesterday’s papers.
Instead, may we suggest a more appropriate, if lesser-known, song from the Stones’ canon that we could loudly sing all together with far-away eyes on that blessed occasion: “I’m Free.”
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.