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Heart singer says Trump can’t use ‘Barracuda’ in 2020

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Their song “Barracuda” has been a hit on the campaign trail before, and Ann Wilson of Heart says it’s up for grabs in 2020 to just about any candidate … except one.

“I think anybody but Trump,” the rocker says, when asked by ITK who might get to use the 1977 hit during the next presidential race.

Well, not literally anyone except President Trump.

{mosads}“If I was going to say who I was going to pick to run for president next time, I’d have to do some research and I’d have to think about it,” Wilson, 67, says. “But it definitely wouldn’t be Trump. I’d like to see some new faces emerge.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and “What About Love?” singer supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential contest.

Wilson has followed “Barracuda” into political waters before, requesting back in 2008 that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), then the GOP presidential nominee, and his vice president  pick, Sarah Palin, stop using the song as a theme for the former Alaska governor.

“I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely f—ed over,” her sister and bandmate, Nancy Wilson, told at the time, after the song continued to be played.

These days, Ann Wilson says she’s exasperated by politics.

“It’s really frustrating because every time you think something is happening for change, then you see it’s really the same old system,” she says. “And it’s basically a bunch of people who believe what they read on the internet and that’s their education about politics.”

Despite her frustration, Wilson will soon be heading to the epicenter of all things political — traveling to the Washington area for a cause that she says is decidedly “apolitical.”

Wilson will headline the Rock and Roll for Children Foundation’s annual benefit concert on Saturday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. Ticket sales help raise money for The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

“It’s just a great, human cause,” Wilson says of the charity event.

And as vexed as she may be by lawmakers in the nation’s capital, she says Washington can help inspire her to write some new tunes.

“You know whenever you see something interesting — well, not that all politics is interesting — but whenever you see conflict, that’s always a good thing for songwriting.”

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