R.E.M.'s publisher asks Twitter to remove State of the Union video tweeted by Trump over use of the band's song

CNBC | 11/18/2016 | Kevin Breuninger
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The publisher of rock band R.E.M.'s music asked Twitter to remove a satirical video clip containing one of the band's songs that President Donald Trump's account tweeted Friday, CNBC has learned.

A lawyer for Universal Music Publishing Group reached out to the president's preferred social media platform asking that the video be removed, said a source familiar with the situation, who asked to remain anonymous.

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The clip, which was first posted by another Twitter user and runs more than two minutes in length, plays audio from R.E.M.'s early-'90s hit single "Everybody Hurts" over excerpts from Trump's Feb. 5 State of the Union address.

The clip, clearly meant to mock a selection of lawmakers in Congress, cuts lines from Trump's speech together with reaction shots of stern-looking politicians whom Trump has criticized in the past. They include Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

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Trump's tweet with the video clip had been pinned to the top of his account's page by Friday afternoon.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's questions about the president's tweet.


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