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Leonard Cohen Fans Are Fuming Now After “Hallelujah” Song Used At Donald Trump’s Speech
Leonard Cohen Fans Are Furious As ‘Hallelujah’ Song Gets Used At Donald Trump’s Speech

Leonard Cohen fans are now furious over President Donald Trump’s campaign team after they used covers of Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” at the Republican National Convention. The song was played not once but twice much to the dismay of Cohen’s fans.

At the conclusion of Donald Trump‘s speech at the RNC on Thursday, the campaign team played Tori Kelly’s recording of the song, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s original song, with the fireworks. The classic track was played between ‘She’s a Grand Old Flag’ and Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’. Fireworks were followed and pyrotechnics that spelt out ‘TRUMP’ and ‘2020’ were used during the campaign.

Adding to the insult, Christopher Macchio’s rendition of “Hallelujah” was quickly reprised, on camera and at greater volume.

Following the campaign, Tori Kelly received massive backlash on social media allowing her recording of ‘Hallelujah’ to be used at the ceremony. However, she revealed on Twitter that she was unaware that it was to be played.

“Seeing messages about my version of ‘Hallelujah’. All I know is neither myself nor my team received a request,” the singer tweeted.

Later, many users took to Twitter to pointed out the irony of incongruity, of choosing a deeply cynical song by a Canadian. Users were dismayed at using the song as the triumphant exit music following a hyper-patriotic American acceptance speech.

Leonard Cohen died a day before the 2016 election. Some of the fans call it to be symbolic, given his political views and the fact that he wrote the protest song, “Democracy”.

What do you think about using Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ during Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign? Let us know in the comments.

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