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Death Cab for Cutie aren’t holding back their feelings about a certain presidential nominee. The band released a track called “Million Dollar Loan” Monday, which references Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“Lyrically, ‘Million Dollar Loan’ deals with a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump’s ascent to the Republican nomination,” the band’s frontman Ben Gibbard wrote in a statement on YouTube. “While campaigning in New Hampshire last year, he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a ‘small loan of a million dollars’ from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. It truly disgusted me. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honor and responsibility of being President of the United States of America, and in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us.”
“You reap what you’ve sown from the million dollar loan/call your father on the phone and get that million dollar loan,” the band sings in the song’s chorus, while the first verse calls out a lavish lifestyle with lyrics like, “He’s looking down on his city at night/ From gilded rooms with gold marble and sad perfume/ He’s proud to say he built his fortune the old fashioned way/ To succeed there’s only one thing you’ll really need/ A million dollar loan/ Nobody makes it on their own.”
Trump has said his father Fred Trump loaned him a million dollars to make his way in the world. “It has not been easy for me,” the nominee said at a Town Hall in New Hampshire hosted by Today’s Matt Lauer. “I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest.” Hence the song’s title.
“Million Dollar Loan” is part of 30 Days, 30 Songs, which will feature one song per day from Oct. 10 until Election Day. “The artists are united in their desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump,” they wrote on YouTube. “Stay tuned over the coming days as the playlist unfolds, and don’t forget to go vote.”
The band also released a video for the track, which depicts a silhouette of a Trump look-alike wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
“Million Dollar Loan” is the band’s first release since last year’s Kintsugi.