Chrissie Hynde, lead vocalist and songwriter for The Pretenders, posted a somewhat surprising Twitter thread Monday praising President Trump for his awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to radio host Rush Limbaugh during the State of the Union Address two weeks ago. Her praise was partly on behalf of her late father, very much of fan of Limbaugh’s show.
“An open letter to @realDonaldTrump, President of the United States,” the thread began. “Dear Mr. President, I often think of how much my father, Melville ‘Bud’ Hynde, who proudly served his country as a Marine on Guadalcanal, would have enjoyed your presidency.”
“The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted,” she continued. “He loved listening to Rush, which is why I allowed my song, ‘My City Was Gone,’ to be used on his radio show.”
“My father and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye,” Hynde added. “We argued a lot. But isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off?”
Hynde continued her concept of the "right to disagree" with the example that she would shortly be protesting the extradition of Julian Assange.
"Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of #JulianAssange (@wikileaks) . I know my father would be mortified, but I feel strongly enough to do what I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with."