Liberals went absolutely ballistic after the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
The overreaction to Trump spread throughout American culture.
And one musical performance at Trump’s home triggered a shocking legal fight.
Donald Trump was a popular media figure for decades before he became a Republican and ran for president of the United States.
Ever since then, many entertainment media figures have shied away from publicly associating with him.
However, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is an exception.
Cain, who played the iconic piano riff on the band’s legendary hit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” has been a close associate of Trump, which caused tension with at least one member of the band.
Now Cain was hit with a cease-and-desist letter for playing the band’s most memorable song at Mar-a-Lago.
From Fox News:
“Two members of the decades-old rock band Journey might be heading separate ways after a recent cease-and-desist order. Guitarist Neal Schon served keyboardist Jonathan Cain with the order after he performed ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ for former President Donald Trump last month at Mar-a-Lago…Video on Twitter showed Cain, 71, playing the keyboard on stage at an event…Cain has been a part of Trump’s inner circle for a long time and has been seen with the former president at various events over the years. His wife, Paula White, is a televangelist who also works as Trump’s spiritual adviser.”
The so-called mainstream media have been attempting to toxify any associations with Trump whatsoever.
Schon’s cease-and-desist letter read:
“Although Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when he does that on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is extremely deleterious to the Journey brand as it polarizes the band’s fans and outreach. Journey is not, and should not be, political. Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics. His politics should be his own personal business. He should not be capitalizing on Journey’s brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda to the detriment of the band.”
Celebrities wanting to disassociate from Trump is no surprise given the state of media and politics.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was friends with Trump and supported his run in 2016, but has since developed Trump Derangement Syndrome, referring to Trump supporters as “MAGAts.”
Fox News continued:
“Cain and Schon have reportedly been at odds for a while, with a legal battle taking place in the fall over Schon’s alleged denied access to the band’s American Express card and its records. Cain’s lawyer argued Schon’s access to the corporate account was limited because he charged more than $1 million in ‘improper personal expenses’ to the card. The letter acknowledges the strained relationship between the band members by stating its intention is not to ‘further add to the animosity’…Cain, Schon and estranged singer Steve Perry wrote the 1981 hit, which regained popularity in 2007 when the ‘The Sopranos’ used it in the show’s final episode. Schon and Perry have openly expressed their dissatisfaction over the song being used during Trump’s early campaign rallies.”
As politics become more divisive and common in the culture, expect more episodes like this to occur.