The O'Jays Bash Trump Campaign's Use of 'Love Train': 'Our Music is About Bringing People Together, Not Building Walls'

The O'Jays
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Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Sammy Strain of The O'Jays perform in August of 1978.

The O'Jays are not pleased about Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention's use of their hit single "Love Train" for what they say is bolstering Trump's "divisive" candidacy. 

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In a statement to press, the legendary vocal group's founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams decried the different versions of the song that have been used in Trump's campaign and this week's GOP Convention in Cleveland, including one reworking as "Trump Train."

"Our music, and most especially, 'Love Train' is about bringing people together, not building walls." said Williams in a statement. "I don't appreciate being associated with Mr. Trump and his usage of our music without permission."

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The O'Jays were formed just an hour's drive from the convention in Canton, Ohio, and according to a press release "flatly rejected" an offer to perform at the event "in light of their personal beliefs that the candidacy of Trump is divisive and at odds with the overriding message of their song."

Levert added, "I don't agree, whatsoever, with Trump's politics to the point where I think he just may be the anti-Christ."