Mitt Romney adopts K’naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’ on campaign trail. K’naan is not amused

When it comes to music and politics, Republicans can be remarkably tone deaf.

Just ask Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner who is now facing legal action for playing an unauthorized song at a campaign event Tuesday night.

Romney did not have permission to use “Wavin’ Flag,” the rousing anthem by Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan. Less than 24 hours later, a “dismayed” K’naan issued a terse statement that left no doubt about his political leanings:

“I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney’s campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”

The statement added: “K’naan is currently seeking legal action so that further use of the song by Romney’s campaign can be prevented.”

With lyrics such as “So we struggling, fighting to eat” and “We wondering, when we’ll be free,” the song about resolve in the face of hardship did not exactly gel with Romney’s slick millionaire image.

And now it has become an unwanted distraction.

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