R&B singer, diplomat, and icon Rihanna has caught wind of her songs being played at the president’s political events, and she too wants no involvement.
Rihanna seemingly found out from Washington Post’s White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, who tweeted about hearing the artist’s 2008 track “Don’t Stop The Music” blared at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, as aides tossed free Trump t-shirts to the crowd.
But as Rihanna declared in a tweet, she or her representatives wouldn’t ever attend those “tragic rallies.” It looks like RiRi is next to hit Trump with a cease-and-desist.
Earlier on Sunday, Rihanna endorsed Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum for the midterm elections, backing the candidate to become the state’s first black governor.
“If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram post.
“Know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground.”
She also wants Floridians to vote “yes” to an amendment to restore voting rights to 1.68 million of the state’s residents with felony convictions. Nothing but respect for MY president.
FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 2018, 3:26 p.m. AEDT Rihanna’s legal team has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Trump, asking the president stop using the artist’s track at political events.
“It has come to our attention that President Trump has utilized [Rihanna’s] musical compositions and master recordings, including her hit track ‘Don’t Stop the Music,’ in connection with a number of political events held across the United States,” reads a letter sent by Rihanna’s lawyers to Trump’s White House counsel, obtained by Rolling Stone.
“As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper.”