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Rock Legend Neil Young Calls Trump 'a Disgrace' in Scathing Letter

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By Brooks Brown

Singer, songwriter and activist Neil Young has never been one to hold back on his opinions on politics and social issues and now Donald Trump is the most recent to be on the receiving end of his criticism. A native to Toronto, Young recently became a U.S. citizen and he wasted no time making his opinions known publicly.

Young writes in a long, scathing open letter to Trump on his Neil Young Archives website, “You are a disgrace to my country.”

“Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment, and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable … Our first black president was a better man than you are.”

Angered by Trump's use of his material

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He’s especially angered by Trump’s use of his 1989 song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at his rallies. Young has asked him to cease and desist while acknowledging he has no legal recourse to force him. “[It] is not a song you can trot out at one of your rallies,” he writes. “Perhaps you could have been a bass player and played in a rock & roll band. That way you could have been onstage at a rally every night in front of your fans, if you were any good, and you might be …”

Young praises Bernie

Bernie Sanders
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Young continues, “The United States of America, my country, is not a green on one of your branded golf courses that you can ride around on and damage so that other players cannot shoot straight.”

Toward the end of the letter, Young comes very close to a Bernie Sanders endorsement. “One of your opponents has the answers I like,” he writes. “He is aiming at preserving our children’s future directly. He is not popular with the Democratic establishment because, unlike all the other candidates, he is not pandering to the industries accelerating Earth’s Climate Crisis, the end of the world as we know it. He is truly fighting for the USA. His initials are BS. Not his policies.”

A career that spans five decades, a new love

Neil Young and Daryl Hannah
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According to his Wikipedia page, Young has received several Grammy and Juno awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice: as a solo artist in 1995 and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.In 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock 'n roll artist. His guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature tenor singing voice define his long career.

Young has been in a relationship with actress and director Daryl Hannah since 2014. were reported The couple reportedly wed on August 25, 2018 and Young confirmed the nuptials.

A history of social activism

John Mellancamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young appear at the first Farm Aid in 1985.
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Young is an environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt.

The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement, according to Wikipedia.

He has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship. He was awarded the Order of Manitoba in 2006 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. He became a United States citizen, taking dual citizenship on January 22, 2020.

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