John Fogerty, Army veteran and singer of anti-war anthem ‘Fortunate Son,’ says he’s puzzled Trump used tune at rally
By TIM BALK | The New York Daily News | Published: September 12, 2020
NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — Rock legend John Fogerty isn’t lending much credence to this song selection.
The Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and Army veteran said in a video he posted to social media on Friday that he found it “confounding” that President Trump used his anti-Vietnam War anthem “Fortunate Son” during a rally.
The 72-year-old songwriter said he wrote the searing song in 1969 to target the hypocrisy of flag-waving Americans who cower when the time comes to serve.
“Back in those days we still had a draft," Fogerty said. “And something I was very upset about was the fact that people of privilege, in other words rich people or people that had position, could use that to avoid the draft.”
Fogerty noted that Trump — who avoided the draft repeatedly — used the military this spring to clear out protesters at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
“It’s a song I could have written now," Fogerty said. “So I find it confusing, I would say, that the President has chosen to use my song for his political rallies when in fact, it seems like he is probably the Fortunate Son.”
“I ain’t no millionaire’s son,” the song’s chorus declares.
However, Trump received a thumbs-up for playing Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” during the same rally from the late singer’s former bandmate.