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R.E.M have some choice words for Donald Trump as he uses their music at a rally

Published 11/09/2015 | 10:48

R.E.M lead singer Michael Stipe has some choice words for US Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, after they played one of their tracks at a political event.

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Trump used the band's 1987 song 'It's the End of the World as We Know It' to get the crowd energised at a Tea Party rally in Washington.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Frontman Michael Stipe took to Twitter to insist that the band had not authorised Trump to play the song.

The singer communicated with fans via bassist Mike Mill's Twitter account.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

And it wasn't just Presidential candidate Trump who he was aiming the statement at.

"Go f*** yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men," Stipe wrote to politicians. "Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Singer, producer Michael Stipe attends Logo TV's
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Singer, producer Michael Stipe attends Logo TV's "Trailblazers" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Logo TV)

On Wednesday, Trump and Cruz (also a presidential nominee), Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck appeared together at the rally to lambast President Obama and the recent nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump chose to come on stage to the sounds of "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," to reiterate his position on the matter.

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

Bassist Mike Mills also sent his own Tweets after the rally.

"Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him." He said of Tump.

"The R.E.M. statement will be regarding Trump's use of our song. Nothing more than that!"

Earlier this year, Trump also came under fire when he used Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" without the musician's permission.

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