Neil Young just played his trump card. The Grammy winner, 69, released a statement on Tuesday, June 16, knocking Donald Trump after he used Young's music in the early stages of his presidential campaign.
The real estate mogul, also 69, announced on Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President in the 2016 election, and accompanied his speech with Young's 1989 hit "Rockin' in the Free World."
Young was less than pleased with the dubious honor and distanced himself from the aspiring politician in Tuesday's statement.
"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," Young's rep told the Los Angeles Times. "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."
Young's endorsement of Vermont Senator Sanders comes at a time when the independent politician is making a name for himself in a Democratic race already dominated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two will face off against Lincoln Chafee and Martin O'Malley for the nomination.
Trump, meanwhile, added his name to the exhaustive list of politicians going after the GOP nomination. The Apprentice star would need to beat out Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum to represent the party in the election.
The father of five has yet to comment on Young's words, instead taking to Twitter on Tuesday evening to thank supporters and tell them that they "will not be forgotten."