By Jeff Cornell

It would be a bit of an understatement to say that R.E.M. are not pleased that Donald Trump used one of their songs at a recent rally. It’s also not a surprise, knowing their progressive-based politics. But the band has taken to social media to rip the presidential hopeful and to demand a cease and desist from using their music in the future.

At the Stop the Iran Deal rally in Washington D.C. earlier today (Sept. 9), Trump and Ted Cruz took the stage to R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

Related: 10 songs Donald Trump can use for his Presidential campaign

The band released the following statement on Facebook: “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

Bassist Mike Mills took to Twitter earlier today and simply responded “Cease and desist” when asked for a comment. Mills also wrote, “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.”

He then tweeted a scathing statement from Michael Stipe, “Go f— yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men.” Stipe concluded, “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” See the tweets below.


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