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Donald Trump Slams 'Total Hypocrite' Neil Young Over Music Snub

06/25/2015 04:24 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2015

The reason? The Republican presidential hopeful says the rocker recently asked him for money.

After Trump used the 1989 hit at his campaign kickoff rally last week, Young's manager issued a statement calling it unauthorized.

"Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America," the statement said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to blast Young:

Trump also posted an image of him with Young, smiling and shaking hands, along with the signature page from a contract in which the rocker is listed as a "series A-1 preferred stock purchaser."

Young, however, had already addressed this meeting, writing in a June 17 Facebook post that he visited Trump in the hopes of securing an investment in his music service.

"A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but it was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service," Young wrote.

It's not clear whether Trump made the investment.

Trump had used the song twice at his campaign kickoff, and at one point seemed to be nodding along to it. But he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he didn't love the tune:

Trump's campaign said last week that it paid for the use of "Rockin' In The Free World" through an agreement with ASCAP, which licenses and collects fees for music, but that it would not use the song again.

In his Facebook post, Young explained that he doesn't like the current political system in the United States.

"I do not trust self serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either," Young wrote. "I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates."

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