KEY POINTS

  • The Trump campaign once more used the song "Fortunate Son" at a rally Tuesday, despite a cease and desist order from the writer and the lyrics critical of wealthy draft dodgers
  • Trump himself tweeted out a video comparing the packed, maskless crowd to a far quieter, socially distanced Biden event
  • Trump received five deferments, including one for bone spurs that critics say was just his father paying to keep him out of the war

Donald Trump was up tweeting at 1 a.m. again, this time sharing a video contrasting him playing the 1969 song “Fortunate Son” as he arrived at a boisterous rally to footage of Biden arriving for a more subdued event.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's iconic anti-war hit blarred as Trump’s helicopter flew low over the packed, largely maskless crowd. The song choice struck many as ironic since the lyrics criticize the system that allowed the wealthy and connected to dodge the draft for the Vietnam War.

The song’s writer and rights owner, lead singer John Fogerty of CCR fame, had issued a cease and desist order against the Trump campaign with little effect after the last time Trump used “Fortunate Son” at one of his rallies.

“As a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and financial privilege,” Fogerty said. “I also wrote about wealthy people not paying their fair share of taxes. Mr. Trump is a prime example of both.”

Trump’s critics quickly noted that the song’s lyrics rail against people like Trump who avoided serving in the Vietnam war through wealth and political connections. That’s proven no barrier to the Trump campaign, which has used other artists' music at his rallies against their consent and without compensation. 

Among the lines from the song that seem contradictory:

“It ain't me, it ain't me

"I ain't no millionaire's son, no no

"It ain't me, it ain't me

"I ain't no fortunate one, no

"Yeah, Some folks inherit star spangled eyes

"Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord

"And when you ask 'em, ‘How much should we give?’

Ooh, they only answer ‘More, more, more!’”

Fogerty said the lyrics were intended as a direct criticism of those like Trump, who received five draft deferments, including one for bone spurs in his feet. Critics have noted that bone spurs have many treatments, none of which Trump sought out.

There is evidence suggesting Trump received the diagnosis from a podiatrist whose daughter now says it was “a favor” to Trump’s late millionaire father, Fred Trump, who rented him office space. 

Trump's critics were more than willing to jump on the perceived gaff.