Rock icon John Fogerty on Friday said it was “confounding” that President Trump‘s campaign would use his hit song “Fortunate Son” at a rally given the song’s blunt criticisms of class privilege during the Vietnam War.
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman made a video explaining his experience writing the song after the Trump campaign played the hit while the president walked off Air Force One ahead of his rally in Freeland, Mich., on Thursday.
“I wrote the song back in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War,” Fogerty said in a video. “By the time I wrote the song, I had already been drafted and had served in the military. And I’ve been a lifelong supporter of our guys and gals in the military, probably because of that experience.”
Fogerty said he wrote the song in part because he was “upset” about how rich people with privilege and money could avoid the draft.
“I found that very upsetting that such a thing could occur, and that’s why I wrote ‘Fortunate Son,’” he said. “That was the inspiration for the song.”
He noted the opening lyrics of the song read, “Some folks are born made to wave the flag, ooh their red, white and blue / But when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’ they point the cannon at you.”
Fogerty said that’s “exactly what happened” in Lafayette Square near the White House in June when federal officers used force to clear Black Lives Matter protesters ahead of Trump’s visit to a nearby church for a photo op.
“It’s a song I could have written now, and so I find it confusing, I would say, that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact it seems like he is probably the fortunate son,” he concluded.