Gizmodo reports that, on Friday, "the president tweeted a mocking video playing R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" over Democrats' reaction to the State of the Union-originally created by some dude using the pseudonym "Carpe Donktum " and best known for winning an Infowars meme contest".
In a tweet from their official account Friday, the band tweeted "World Leader PRETEND!"
This is not the first run-in between the President and the highly-successful rock band.
MSNBC reported, citing a source with knowledge of the incident, that the video had been removed following a legal challenge from REM's publishers. He added later: "Measures have been taken to stop it", tagging Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
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Iconic rockers R.E.M. are being hailed as the heroes the world needs right now, having managed to achieve the impossible task of removing a Tweet by Donald Trump.
Trump made the edited parody his pinned tweet on Twitter on Saturday.
The members of R.E.M. responded in kind.
R.E.M. wants President Donald Trump's hands off their music, thank you very much.
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"Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you - you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men".
"We do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event", the band wrote in a Facebook post following the event. They also noted that "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".
Both Mills and Stipe have been extremely open about their dislike for the president over the years, and during a live Q&A with NME in November 2017, the two discussed how their music related to the chaotic political state of America. "You need to get on this".
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