Rob Thomas says he’s no Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE supporter, but he’s had enough with Hollywood stars speaking out against the president.
“I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but I am so tired of hearing celebrities talk about not being a fan of Donald Trump, that it almost seems like white noise,” the Matchbox Twenty frontman said Tuesday. “I think that he’s a man that’s not really equipped for the job, but I think no one really cares what I think about that."
ITK caught up with the Grammy winner at the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation’s “We Write the Songs” event at the Library of Congress.
“I have opinions, but my opinions are as a 45-year-old husband, father, taxpayer. No matter what I say, they always kind of come across as a guy who sings music and it’s always, ‘Well you need to shut up!’” the “Lonely No More” singer exclaimed.
“I think that there is a huge part of his base that thinks he’s killing it right now,” Thomas added of Trump, “and it’s really hard to speak against that because somewhere somebody thinks he’s right. Not me.”
The ninth annual “We Write the Songs” concert precedes a Wednesday push by ASCAP to urge lawmakers to update music licensing laws.
“They just told me today that on Pandora, ‘Smooth’ was 24 million streams. And I split that with another writer. I made a whopping $600 on that,” Thomas said, referring to his 1999 hit with Santana.
“I’m fortunate, I made money. But if you don’t have another income stream, and if you’re just starting out… you can have one of the biggest songs in the world, and not be able to make your car payment,” said Thomas.
A sea of lawmakers was on hand to watch Thomas and other performers, including Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy, take the stage.
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise MORE (R-W.Va.) shared a laugh with Thomas as the pair chatted it up at a reception prior to the concert.
Rep. Doug Collins introduced Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, of The Hooters.
“Tonight is about how music makes us feel. The Hooters may have started in 1971, but I found them in 1986!” the Georgia Republican told the crowd as he proudly held up a cassette tape.
Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertJan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Gohmert launches official run for Texas attorney general GOP lawmaker fined ,000 for failing to complete House security screening MORE (R-Texas) was seen chatting up legendary producer Jimmy Jam as audience members poured into the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium ahead of the concert.