After rebukes from Steven Tyler R.E.M., and Neil Young, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may have finally found his campaign song. In an interview with Canadian Business, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider explained that Trump is using the group’s 1984 anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” — with his permission.
“Thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind, and fighting the system,” Snider said. “If anybody’s doing that, he sure is.” The singer elaborated that although his political views differ strongly from Trump’s, the business magnate called and asked for approval to use the song, which Snider “appreciated.”
Snider objected to Paul Ryan’s use of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” while the congressman campaigned for Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential election, but the rocker has ties to Trump from his appearance on the fifth installment of Celebrity Apprentice.
“I don’t think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy,” Snider continued. But his remarks definitely don’t constitute an endorsement. Snider concluded: “Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.”
Head over to Canadian Business for the full interview.