The White Stripes Reunite For The Best Reason Ever: To Trash Donald Trump

by Erika W. Smith

via Facebook/White Stripes, photo by Autumn De Wilde

It was a dark day when the White Stripes broke up on February 2, 2011. Since then, Jack and Meg White have apparently kept their distance from each other while Jack White has launched a solo career and Meg White has disappeared from public life. Things seemed tense between the two ex-spouses/fictional siblings/former bandmates, with Jack saying a few not-so-nice things about Meg in interviews and Meg, well, disappearing. But now, the White Stripes have reunited for a very important reason: to trash Donald Trump.

See, Donald Trump used the White Stripes’ song “Seven Nation Army” in a campaign video without asking the White Stripes for permission. And it turns out that the White Stripes are not fans of Donald Trump — not at all.

First, the White Stripes released a statement condemning Trump’s use of their music, and Trump himself. It’s the first time the White Stripes have spoken out as a duo — and the first time Meg White has spoken out at all — since their breakup five years ago. 

“Regarding the use of ‘Seven Nation Army’ in a Donald Trump campaign video, The White Stripes would like to unequivocally state that they have nothing whatsoever to do with this video. They are disgusted by this association, and by the illegal use of their song,” they said.

But a statement wasn’t enough — the White Stripes have also released some anti-Trump merch, a red T-shirt with the words “ICKY TRUMP,” a play on their 2007 song and album “Icky Thump.” 

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As Billboard points out, the words are more than just a pun: the song “Icky Thump” contains lyrics that are pretty pertinent to Trump’s build-a-wall-to-keep-immigrants-out plan, and those lyrics are featured prominently on the back of the shirt: “White Americans, what / Nothing better to do / Why don’t you kick yourself / You’re an immigrant too / Who’s using who? / What should we do? / Well you can’t be a pimp / and a prostitute too.” 

The shirts are selling so fast that the website now issues a warning to expect a delay, but you can still place an order via

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