The first time Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared on Monday at the Republican National Convention, he walked out under a low, blue haze as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared in the background. As he took the podium, before introducing his wife, he stated, “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.” And it is, perhaps, because Trump has, as the song goes, “no time for losers,” that his campaign never bothered to ask permission for the use of the stadium classic.
“I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given,” Brian May, a founding member of Queen, wrote in an open letter reassuring upset fans. “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”
Shortly after his appearance, the band’s deceased front man Freddie Mercury, under the incorrect spelling “Freddy Mercury,” began trending on Twitter. Many users believed that the British vocalist, who was gay, would not have approved of the use of his song for Republican purposes. Read several of the responses below.
My guess is that Freddie Mercury would not likely have been a Trump supporter— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) July 19, 2016
Trump comes out to Freddie Mercury, who the GOP platform would send to ex-gay therapy.— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) July 19, 2016
Donald Trump appeared in a dry ice silhouette while Freddie Mercury played because he loves queer immigrant men oh wait nope— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 19, 2016
The sound u hear is Freddie Mercury rolling over in his grave.— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) July 19, 2016
Update: On Twitter, Queen officially condemned Trump's use of the song.
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen— Queen (@QueenWillRock) July 19, 2016