2016 Election, and Musicians: Trump and Death Cab For Cutie

Last year, in a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Republican candidate Donald Trump made the comment of receiving a small loan of $1 million dollars from his father and having to repay him with interest. From CNN, while answering a question at the town hall meeting, he said, “It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.” Now for a middle or lower class person, that doesn’t seem fair for him to say that it wasn’t easy when given a loan like that. There have been more aspiring stories than that starting from nothing and building up, no $1 million dollar loan required.

The band Death Cab for Cutie, wrote, “Million Dollar Loan” about his comment about getting his start. ” With lyrics like “and he’s proud to say, he built his fortune the old fashion way,” its not realistic for people who come from nothing. Its insensitive, this song clearly shows that a man like Donald Trump is not a good representation of the people he plans to lead if elected for president. Even front man Ben Gibbard feels similarly about it in an email statement to CNN, “”He was so flippant about it, it truly disgusted me. Donald Trump… in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us.”

More and more musicians are starting to feel the same way with the way things are going with the election and Trump. Author Dave Eggers started the “30 Days, 30 Songs” project which is to feature music from other musicians who don’t support Trump like Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and especially Queen after asking Trump to stop using their music for his campaign without asking permission first.



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