Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider has spoken to CNN about his decision to ask Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to stop using the band’s signature anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as the “exit song” at the controversial politician’s campaign stops. Snider knows Trump personally after appearing more than once on “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Snider said, “When Donald started running for office, he asked me, he called me. He says, ‘Can I use the song?’ And he’s a buddy. And I said, ‘Yeah. Go ahead.’ But as the months went on, I heard a litany of his beliefs that I’d never discussed with him.
I finally called him and I said, ‘Man, you’ve gotta stop using the song. People think I’m endorsing you here. I can’t get behind a lot of what you’re saying.’ And that night… He has not used it since. He said, ‘Dee, fair enough.’ He’s a friend. As a friend, he called me. As a friend, I called him, and he stopped using it. I still like him, but, man, I did not know some of the things that he believe in and stood for.”
Dee also said recently in an interview on CBC Radio, “The biggest thing about that song is it’s about the right for people to choose for themselves. When it crosses that line, like Paul Ryan a number of years ago, who’s as anti-pro-choice as you can get, I had to step up and say, ‘Wait a minute. Didn’t you vet the song? You’re singing the song, ‘We’ve got the right to choose’,’ and then railing against women’s right to choose. So I can’t endorse you using it.’ And that’s where I draw the line.”
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