The incident happened Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill as Trump walked to the podium with R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” blaring in the background.
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe was outraged after the use of his band’s song at the event.
“Go f–k yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” Stipe wrote via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter account. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
R.E.M. issued a statement on their Facebook page:
“The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”
Though the 2.5 million dollar question on everybody’s mind is: Does R.E.M. have a chance winning the case?
NBC News spoke with nationally known and recognized political analyst, Paul Horner, who believes R.E.M. has a strong case.
“Donald Trump and Ted Cruz had no permission to use their music, bottom line,” Horner said. “Trump and Cruz are supposed to be role models and set an example as they run for the highest office in this country; they should have known better.”