Those who have attended Donald Trump’s campaign events throughout the country might have heard the classic Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” played over the loudspeakers. It turns out that the band’s frontman Dee Snider expressly gave Trump his permission to use the iconic song after the real estate billionaire himself called and asked for the green light.
Snider recently gave a lengthy interview to Canadian Business, where he revealed his interaction with Trump. “He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system.”
“And we’re friends. I have spent time with Donald and his family,” Snider continued. “I don’t think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He’s a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he’s very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair.”
Snider and Trump first crossed paths during the entertainer’s time on “Celebrity Apprentice,” the popular reality series that cemented Trump’s household name status. He credits Trump with imparting a very valuable lesson: “What I learned from him: Take credit for everything and put your name on it. It’s Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, The House of Hair with Dee Snider, Dee Snider’s Strangeland.”
Trump may have learned his lesson after receiving a very public backlash from R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who told the GOP frontrunner to “go f***” himself upon learning that the Trump campaign had used his music without permission.
Check out Donald and the whole Trump family singing on stage with Dee Snider last year.