“In the End” is arguably the signature song of Linkin Park.
The massively popular band recently saw the music video for the song, the breakaway hit from the group’s 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, surpass a billion views on YouTube — but one use of the song this weekend drew particular attention.
A tweet from President Trump featured a video soundtracked by a cover of “In the End,” and shortly after the tweet was posted, it looked like this:
This was the result of a cease-and-desist filed by Linkin Park over the use of the song, as the band’s Twitter account announced:
Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
This whole situation came about very shortly before the three-year anniversary of the passing of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who died on July 20, 2017 … and clearly would not have supported this offending tweet, were he still around:
The Stones threatened a lawsuit over the playing of their music at Trump’s rallies, and the Petty family issued a strong rebuke and cease-and-desist after “I Won’t Back Down” was played at the President’s rally in Tulsa.