Rihanna, 30, has hit out at US president Donald Trump over reports that one of her songs was being played at one of his rallies. She described the accident as “tragic”.
Philip Rucker, a Washington Post reporter, tweeted that Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music was playing at a rally while aides threw free Trump t-shirts into the crowd.
Rihanna reacted to the tweet and wrote: “Not for much longer … me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up Philip”. — Rihanna (@rihanna) November 5, 2018.
Rihanna’s 2007 hit ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ was played at a rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the US President showed up at an event organised to support Marsha Blackburn who is running for the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Just a couple of hours before, the singer had backed Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in his attempt to topple Rick Scott as the Governor of Florida.
“You have the opportunity to make history this election”, Rihanna wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Rihanna’s warning to the President comes only a week after Pharrell Williams condemned Trump for playing his hit ‘Happy’ at a rally that took place on the same day as the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed.
Pharrell’s lawyer Howard King wrote a cease and desist letter to the President that stated: ““On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
With regard to his political rallies, Trump recently said that “…(these rallies) are the best thing we’ve done. I think that the rallies have really been the thing that’s caused this whole big fervour to start and to continue.”
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