On Thursday, Donald Trump and his campaign received major pushback from the estate of deceased musician Prince. Trump’s campaign used Prince’s iconic song “Purple Rain” at his MAGA rally in Minneapolis.
“President Trump played Prince’s “Purple Rain” tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music,” the estate of Prince Rogers Nelson said on Twitter late Thursday. “The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs,” the estate said.
President Trump played Prince’s “Purple Rain” tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs. pic.twitter.com/FuMUPzSWOe
— Prince (@prince) October 11, 2019
Late on Thursday, Prince’s estate’s official Twitter account also posted a copy of a 2018 letter from attorney Megan Newton confirming that Trump’s campaign agreed to requests not to play the artist’s music during campaign rallies and other events.
Thousands of people gathered outside of the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday evening in protest. Reportedly, Police deployed pepper spray to quell some protesters. A group of protesters set fire to “Make America Great Again” hats and other Trump memorabilia while calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Prince was born in Minneapolis and much of his movie “Purple Rain” was filmed at the city’s First Avenue Night Club, which is directly across the street from the Target Center. Prince’s Paisley Park is in Minneapolis and is considered a treasured rock-n- roll landmark. Prince died at the age of 57 back in 2016.
Other artists including the Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty, REM, and Elton John have all previously sought to prevent Trump from playing their music at his events.