Now, in a post on his website, Young is singing a different tune, specifically following the recent heightened civil unrest in Portland, Ore.
“I am changing my mind about suing President Trump. Reconsidering. I’m looking at it again,” he announced. “There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue. But then President Trump ordered thugs in uniform onto our streets. His idea. He ordered it himself. This all DJT.”
Neil Young (left) is ‘reconsidering’ suing Trump over the president’s use of his music at rallies and events, despite the campaign paying proper licensing fees
“Trump has no respect for our military,” Young continued. “They are now to be used on the streets of America against law-abiding citizens for a political charade orchestrated by a challenged president.”
The musician called the agents “thugs with no IDs shooting Americans on the streets.”
“They are not our police,” he insisted. “Our police should arrest these untrained thugs for breaking our laws.”
Young also claimed that “the US Military is against these thug troops being here on the streets of America, attacking citizens,” and that Trump refused to accept responsibility for coronavirus-related problems at the state level.
“So I am reconsidering,” he reiterated. “Imagine what it feels like to hear ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ after this president speaks, like it is his theme song. I did not write it for that.”
On Monday, Rolling Stone reported that Young may not have much of a case in court.
“I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me,” Young tweeted earlier this month in response to a video of the song being played.