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Musician Objects to Unauthorized Use of His Song in RNC Debate

The popular song “Rich Men North of Richmond” found its way onto the Republican presidential debate stage, but the singer and songwriter, Oliver Anthony, is not pleased with its use as a partisan political tool.

Anthony, a Virginia-based musician, rejected the political weaponization of his song and found humor in its inclusion as the opening question for the Fox News-hosted Republican debate.

In a YouTube video, Anthony expressed his amusement, saying, “I wrote that song about those people, you know, so for them to have to sit there and listen to that, that cracks me up.”

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis claimed that “Rich Men North of Richmond” struck a nerve because it reflected President Biden’s purported decline of America. However, Anthony asserts that the song has nothing to do with the president.

Martha MacCallum, the Fox News anchor and debate moderator, defended the use of the song, arguing that it was meant to spark an important conversation about the role of government.

“Rich Men North of Richmond” has gained significant popularity, reaching number one on the Billboard charts and garnering millions of streams. However, Anthony is frustrated by the song’s politicization and considers himself politically neutral.

He emphasized, “It’s hard to get a message out about your political ideology or your belief about the world in three minutes and some change. But I do hate to see that song being weaponized like I see the Right trying to characterize me as one of their own, and I see the Left trying to discredit me, I guess in retaliation. That s—‘s gotta stop.”

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