It seems no one is safe from the current impeachment controversy gripping the nation, not even famous rock bands.
The band Nickelback was thrust into the mix big time when the leader-of-the-free world posted a parody video with singer Chad Kroeger front-and-center on Wednesday.
“LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH” Trump tweeted with the video (since taken down) portraying the rock singer holding a damning photo of Joe and Hunter Biden cavorting with a reported Ukrainian gas executive.
LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH! pic.twitter.com/QQYTqG4KTt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
Trump’s tweet remains up despite the pulled video and screenshots of the tweet are making the rounds:
#Nickelback complained about this video so Twitter pulled it
You’d think they’d be happy anyone was paying attention
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) October 3, 2019
The photograph came to light amid uproar over Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky.
Transcript of the phone call failed to prove that a “quid pro quo” was delivered by Trump to Ukraine. But plenty of evidence, including the Biden photo, has emerged suggesting that if there was strong-arming of Ukraine for personal gain – it was from the Biden camp.
Joe, Hunter Biden golf with Ukraine gas exec in 2014 photo. Quid pro Joe? https://t.co/6BzpbGCOpB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 1, 2019
The mock video was pulled over a copyright complaint but it’s not clear who made the report, according to Newsweek.
Warner Media Group owns the rights to Nickelback’s music. The owner of the Biden photo is unknown and it has not been publicly credited to anyone.
Twitter and Warner Media Group did not respond immediately to Newsweek‘s requests for comment.
Trump’s tweet received well over 300,000 “likes” and left a big impression on social media. Despite the deletion of the video, it’s enjoying a reemergence:
— Ted Bracewell ????????? (@Tedakin) October 3, 2019
While it’s still not clear who filed the copyright complaint, Nickelback was caught in the middle and took the brunt of the backlash, and praise.
Buzzfeed’s David Mack was over-the-moon. “Omg omg omg…” he tweeted like a high schooler:
omg omg omg Nickelback had Twitter take down Trump’s Photograph tweet for copyright violation omg omg omg pic.twitter.com/q3Ztlfex6C
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 3, 2019
What a day for Nickelback. They should have been happy being relevant for a day, but no. https://t.co/cuRyRRLGwp
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) October 3, 2019
Trump supporter and actress Kristy Swanson said she wanted her money back after buying the band’s song “Photograph” off iTunes just before it was deleted.
Hey @Nickelback this is such a bunch of bull that you would disable the media on this. I bought your song on iTunes 9 hours ago because I loved @realDonaldTrump’s tweet so much & I’ve also always been a fan of you guys. Now I want to return the song & get my nickels back!! https://t.co/IG9PgJ1WNV
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) October 3, 2019
While the wildly popular parody video continues to circulate, Trump continues to battle against Democrats who are hellbent on impeaching him.
Joe Biden claimed that he never discussed his son’s shady business dealings with Ukraine. But earlier reports show Hunter Biden did, at least briefly, discuss his business dealings with his father.
Furthermore, a video of former Vice President Biden boasting about the firing of the Ukraine prosecutor who was reportedly investigating the gas company Hunter Biden was working for at the time has added to the speculation that the Biden’s were knee-deep in Ukraine corruption.
On Wednesday new files revealing details of an interview with the former Ukrainian prosecutor at the center of the controversy indicate he was indeed axed because of Joe Biden.
The notes from the private interview revealed “that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “told Mr. Shokin [prosecutor] not to investigate Burisma as it was not in the interest of Joe and/or Hunter Biden.”
That statement, among others, made Shokin believe he was being threatened by the U.S. to back off his investigation into the gas company that employed Hunter Biden, according to the files.
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