The presidential hopeful appeared alongside fellow candidate Ted Cruz and public figures Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to speak against the deal. During the introductions, Trump walked on stage to R.E.M.'s 1987 song "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."
After the rally, the band's frontman Michael Stipe spoke against the decision through bassist Mike Mills' Twitter page. "Go [expletive] yourselves, the lot of you -- you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men," he said. "Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."
Later, the band released another collective statement on its official Facebook page, pushing fans to see past the excitement of media politics.
"While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here," the statement read. "The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current presidential campaign."
"I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand," the song's co-writer, Frankie Sullivan said. "What upset me most was that, once again, my song was being used to further a political agenda -- and no one even bothered to ask for permission."