R.E.M. to GOP presidential candidates: Go f**ck yourselves

R.E.M. Responds To Trump
R.E.M. Responds To Trump

It's the end of Donald Trump's campaign trail as we know it...or at least R.E.M. hopes so.

The alternative rock band is furious at Donald Trump for using their hit, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" on his campaign trail.

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Trump took the podium with R.E.M.'s song on Wednesday at a tea party Stop the Iran Deal rally in Washington D.C. And the band's members were not happy.

Band member Mike Mills took to Twitter to discuss his displeasure, repeatedly writing, "cease and desist" when asked for comment.

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Mills also released a heated statement from frontman Michael Stipe, who called the GOP frontrunners "attention grabbing, power-hungry little men."

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Stipe was most likely referring to Trump and Ted Cruz, who spoke at the rally on Wednesday.

The band, which broke up in 2011, also released a statement on their Facebook page, saying:

"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."


The Athens, GA band has always been outspoken. The band protested after Fox News used their song, "Losing My Religion" during their coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, saying that they had "little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage."

This also isn't the first time a song has gotten Trump in trouble on the campaign trail. The controversial real estate mogul sparked harsh remarks from Neil Young when Trump used the singer's "Rockin' in the Free World" to kick off his campaign in June.

A spokesperson for Young said that Trump was not authorized to play the song, adding that ""Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."

Although Trump agreed to stop using Young's song, his campaign has not released a statement on whether he will stop using the R.E.M. anthem.

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