David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc.The O’Jays are again objecting to the use of their music in connection with Donald Trump‘s bid for the presidency.
Last week, founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams expressed their displeasure with Trump for using their song “Love Train” at the Republican National Convention, with Levert declaring that The Donald “just may be the Antichrist.”
Now, they’re upset that Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida used “For The Love of Money” without their consent in a pro-Trump video.
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to Mica and Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, that was released Wednesday, attorneys for Levert and Williams say, “Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals.”
In a statement, Levert says, “Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music. He presents himself as supporting ‘law and order’ but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all.”
Williams adds, “We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground. We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics.”
It’s worth pointing out that “For the Love of Money” was the theme song to Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice.
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