He might have left our planet, but Prince is still the King of Minneapolis.
The Purple One’s estate has blasted Donald Trump after the president appeared at a rally in Minnesota where “Purple Rain” was played without consent, and after promises it wouldn’t ever happen.
On Thursday,.Trump and his hype machine rolled into the North Star State and tried working the crowd with some hometown hits. Prince’s classic from 1984 could clearly be heard playing from speakers during the early phases of the event.
Soon after, the official Prince account on Twitter responded. “President Trump played Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music,” the tweet reads. “The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”
If proof were needed, we got it. The Prince estate’s tweet also carried a photo of a letter confirming that, nearly one year ago to the day, the Trump campaign would “not use Prince’s music in connection with its activities going forward.” Trump and Prince’s people have history.
President Trump played Prince’s “Purple Rain” tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs. pic.twitter.com/FuMUPzSWOe
— Prince (@prince) October 11, 2019
Trump’s rallies are never without talking points, and in Minneapolis the polarizing president was particularly fired up for what was his first rally since House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry.