According to a fascinating new report from the New York Times, the FBI had a rather interesting name for the original investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election and before, and it matched a few aspects of the case.
What was no secret at all was the fact that Trump took domestic liberties during his campaign, including using music that was written and performed by artists who would otherwise never want to be associated with a candidate like Trump. And let’s face it: Every campaign season, somebody gets in trouble for appropriating some band’s song during rallies, and every time they simply apologize, or sometimes there’s a cease-and-desist order, or sometimes the band uses it as an opportunity to point out their own, conflicting politics.
In fact, it happens when we simply find out what music a particular politician even likes, as in the case of Paul Ryan, who was absolutely shamed by the guitarist for the band Rage Against the Machine. Tom Morello reminded Rep. Ryan that he was the machine they raged against.
But in the case of Trump, it’s hard to imagine a candidate that most musicians would be more horrified to have their music associated with. That’s what happened when Trump used the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones. The band sent a cease-and-desist in 2016 as part of a parade of musicians who did the same thing to the Trump campaign after hearing their works used without permission, including Aerosmith, REM, and Neil Young.
But it was the Stones who seemed to be Trump’s favorite, being as his entire campaign was — and presidency thus far has been — based entirely around the concept of specifically doing things that a lot of people don’t like. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” would be the perfect soundtrack for a campaign like that, if only Mick & Co. had allowed him to continue.
What Mick and Keith couldn’t stop, however, was the FBI from using a line from the beginning of their 1968 classic “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” as the inspiration for the name of their secret investigation: Crossfire Hurricane.
It’s more than a little fitting, just as a pair of words that describe what’s happened in the investigation since it began before the election even took place.
But the fact that Trump continued using the Stones’ music in his appearances despite them not wanting him to, is perhaps most fitting of all for this administration. He did it all the way into his inauguration, when he walked onstage with wife Melania to the dulcet strains of the bizarrely-chosen “Heart of Stone,” whose lyrics would foretell the story of a million paid-off porn stars and Playboy Playmates:
There’ve been so many girls that I’ve known
I’ve made so many cry and still I wonder why
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