[Ed. – It’s hard to compete with Trump’s pop-cult street cred.]
While artists like Neil Young, R.E.M. and Aerosmith have lashed out at Donald Trump for using their music at political rallies without permission, Twisted Sister have allowed the Republican presidential candidate to use their 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” on the campaign trail. As singer Dee Snider revealed in a new interview, while his own beliefs strongly differ from Trump’s, he says the song “is about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody’s doing that, [Trump] sure is.”
Snider and Trump do have a history, as the singer was fired on the 2012 season of Celebrity Apprentice. “He called and he asked, which I appreciated,” Snider told Canadian Business of Trump’s use of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” “I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything – there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ … Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.”
While they have different ideologies, Snider said he remained friends with Trump after taping Celebrity Apprentice.