The O’Jays – famed American R&B group – issued Congressman John Mica a cease and desist letter for appropriating their hit song “For the Love of Money” in a pro-Trump video on his official government YouTube page.
In a statement, the O’Jays wrote: “Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda.”
In addition to his extreme voting record, Republican John Mica enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump’s offensive campaign and cheered Trump’s immigration stances, which include building a wall on the Texas-Mexico border. Mica has also made racially offensive and misogynist statements long before Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s leader. He compared welfare to feeding alligators, wrote a letter to President Obama saying he should meet with “thugs” in urban cities, and misused the Bible as evidence to oppose a bill to protect women from marital rape.
“Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music,” Eddie Levert said. “He presents himself as supporting ‘law and order’ but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all.”
It comes as no surprise that the O’Jays want to disassociate their music from Congressman John Mica. Mica is running for re-election against Democrat Stephanie Murphy, who has raised an impressive amount of money for her campaign. Murphy was also a speaker at the DNC Convention this week.