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Linkin Park Sends Trump Administration Cease and Desist Following 'In the End' Usage

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By Chris Barilla

Joining the long list of musical acts that have adamantly taken a stance against the Trump administration is now alternative rock band Linkin Park, who issued a strongly-worded cease and desist to the administration following their usage of 'In the End' in a campaign video.

The original tweet that contained the video where the song was used, which was posted by white house social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by Trump, now states "this media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."

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According to 'Variety', Machine Shop Entertainment, which handles Linkin Park's business logistics and management, filed a Digital Millenium Copyright Act notice following the song's usage in the campaign video, something that the band and their representation has made clear that they do not stand by or support in any way.

"Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music," the band tweeted following the copyright claim being made official, removing the video from the social media site.

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"A cease and desist has been issued," they continued to mention in their candid Twitter post from the band's official account.

Although this is the first time that the band has made a public statement in unison against the Trump administration, it is not the first time that a member of the group has expressed their individual disdain for the President. Back in 2017, Chester Bennington tweeted a particularly powerful claim about the President only a year into his current term.

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"I repeat….. Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in," he shared with fans at the time.

The cover of 'In the End' that appeared on the Trump video was recorded by Tommee Profitt and features Fleurie and Jung Youth.

Youth took to Twitter to address the situation as well, expressing personal disdain for the adminstration and maintaining unawareness that the song was even used in the video to begin with.

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"Earlier today I found out that trump illegally used a cover song that I am part of in a propaganda video which he tweeted…anyone who knows me knows I stand firmly against bigotry and racism. Much love to everyone in the twitter community who helped get the video taken down," Youth commented about the controversial usage in the video, echoing the song's original creator's comments.

Despite the video being removed for copyright claims on Twitter, it still exists in other capacities on other social media platforms and websites.

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