Chrissie Hynde pens an open letter to the current President of the United States after Rush Limbaugh received the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour.
Chrissie Hynde penned an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, confessing her late dad would have been “delighted” with his term in office.
The Pretenders frontwoman took to Twitter to share the note on Monday, February 17, 2020, after Trump honoured the controversial conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour.
Limbaugh received the honour during Trump‘s State of the Union address earlier this month, after the syndicated radio host announced he was battling “advanced lung cancer,” and Hynde admitted her dad would have been thrilled by his recognition.
“An open Letter to @realDonaldTrump, President of the United States. Dear Mr. President, I often think of how much my father, Melville ‘Bud’ Hynde, who proudly served his country as a Marine on Guadalcanal, would have enjoyed your Presidency,” she wrote.
“The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted,” she continued. “He loved listening to Rush, which is why I allowed my song, ‘My City Was Gone’, to be used on his radio show.”
The “I’ll Stand by You” hitmaker added, “My father and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye. We argued a lot… But isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off?”
The singer went on to insist her dad would be “mortified” to learn she’ll be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.
“What I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with,” she concluded. “But I believe he has been duly punished and should now be set free.”
“Please consider my plea. Yours truly, Chrissie Hynde.”