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R.E.M. slams Donald Trump’s use of song at Washington rally

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Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5:32 AM

R.E.M. (from l.: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck) have expressed their displeasure at Donald Trump's use of their song at a rally against the White House’s deal with Iran. The rock group disbanded amicably in September 2011.Morena Brengola/Redferns

R.E.M. (from l.: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck) have expressed their displeasure at Donald Trump’s use of their song at a rally against the White House’s deal with Iran. The rock group disbanded amicably in September 2011.

Trump took to the stage in Washington to “It’s the End of the World As We Know It."Ross D. Franklin/AP

Trump took to the stage in Washington to “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.”

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  • MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 18: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck of the American band REM pose for a group portrait at the launch of their album 'Accelerate' on March 18th, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Morena Brengola/Redferns)
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally before a crowd of over 3,500 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Seems that R.E.M. song didn’t go out to the one they love.

Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday took the stage at a Washington rally to R.E.M.’s classic “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” — and Mike Mills, a founding member of the liberal Athens, Ga.-based group, made clear via Twitter that he wasn’t feeling fine about the candidate’s association with the song.

“Cease and desist,” Mills dryly responded to tweets asking how he felt about his music ushering The Donald onto the stage at a rally against the White House’s deal with Iran.

“Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him,” Mills tweeted.

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates…

Posted by R.E.M. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The group also issued a response on its Facebook page, noting that media and voters should “not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

A Trump campaign rep had no immediate response.


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