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Tom Petty's Family Sends President Trump Cease & Desist Letter For Using Song 'I Won't Back Down'

By Mike Walters

Tom Petty's family is very upset that the legendary rockers song, 'I Won't Back Down,' was used at a President Donald Trump rally, so they sent a cease-and-desist letter to his campaign warning them not to use it again!

The family, which included his daughters Adria and Annakim, ex-wife Jane and widow Dana, said in a statement, "Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and commonsense behind."

It continued, "Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”

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As you know, twenty years ago during the 2000 presidential election, Petty issued a similar cease-and-desist letter to George W. Bush -- who was also playing 'I Won't Back Down" on the campaign trail.

Plus, another letter was sent to Michelle Bachmann for use of 'American Girl' at her rallies.

At this point, Donald Trump has not responded to the legal letter and has not said whether or not he intends on using the song in at future rallies. Interestingly, Tom Petty is not alive to let his voice be heard on the subject, but we are guessing he would have signed off on sending the C & D.

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“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man, and for EVERYONE. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this," the estate's statement read.

They continued, "We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”

Not All Petty's Fan Agree With The Decision...


Not everyone is convinced Tom would have wanted this, a few fans posted comments to his Instagram page -- questioning the move by his family.

"So disappointed in what this is. Tom wouldn't have wanted this statement," one person wrote -- adding, "Tom’s music was for everyone. He would hate that it was used as a weapon. Brilliant move, guys. ❤️"

"Very disappointing stance taken here. No doubt a large portion of the fan base may have different political viewpoints- why to alienate so many that support TPHB with a post of this nature?" another said.

Unclear at this point, if President Trump will stop using the song.

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