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  • R.E.M. Files $2.5 Million Lawsuit Against Donald Trump & Ted Cruz

    R.E.M. Files $2.5 Million Lawsuit Against Donald Trump & Ted Cruz

    REM sues Donald Trump and Ted Cruz
    Donald Trump speaking to a crowd in Washington with Ted Cruz while music by R.E.M played in the background. (AP Photo/Dennis System)

    Washington, DC — The band R.E.M has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over the unauthorized use of its music.

    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. also 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.”

    R.E.M. released “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” on their 1987 album Document, the 1988 compilation Eponymous, and the 2006 compilation And I Feel Fine.