It's pretty common for politicians to play music made by people who have the complete opposite politics of themselves. The latest example is Wisconsin Govenror Scott Walker's use of the Dropkick Murphys version of Woodie Guthie's song "I'm Shipping Up To Boston."
Over the weekend, Walker played the song at Iowa Freedom Summit at a Republican event. Shortly afterward, the Dropkick Murphys tweeted a heartfelt message to Walker and his camp, "please stop using our music in any way...we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys"
Walker has been a very controversial figure since taking over as governor in Wisconsin in 2011. His budget cut over $1 billion in funding, and took away the power for many government employees to collectively bargain. Although that move sparked wide protests and an attempt to recall him from the position of Governor, he continued to push ultra-conservative politics and won re-election in 2014.
This isn't the first time the Dropkick Murphys have taken issue with Republicans. In 2012, the band responded to Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald using their music by equating it with a white supremacist using gangster rap:
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Below, listen to "Shipping Up To Boston" via Spotify.