Despite being under pressure from Queen not to use their anthemic “We Are the Champions” for his presidential campaign, Donald Trump was all “don’t stop me now” and went ahead and used the Queen classic during Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used the song, and it’s not the first Queen has cautioned him against it. Reiterating guitarist Brian May’s statement from June 2016 — where he said “permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue” — Queen’s official Twitter account confirmed the band wants to break free from any association with Trump as he plays the game.
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) July 19, 2016
“An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” they wrote on Twitter.
Following the RNC’s first night, which found star speaker Melania Trump plagiarizing part of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech, Adam Lambert — frequent frontman of the U.K. band — tweeted the following meme regarding the association of Queen with Republicans and Trump.
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) July 19, 2016
Update: Queen’s publishing company, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has issued an official statement against Trump and the Republicans:
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use “We are the Champions” by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign.
Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want “We are the Champions” to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.