- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde on Monday penned an open letter to President Trump saying her late father “would have enjoyed” his presidency and would have been “delighted” to see the president award Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom.

“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,” Ms. Hynde tweeted, directly tagging the president.

The 68-year-old guitarist and singer revealed that her father also liked Mr. Limbaugh, who used her song “My City Was Gone” on his syndicated radio show with her permission.

“The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted,” she wrote. “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. We argued a lot but isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off?”

Ms. Hynde then got to the heart of her message, which was to urge Mr. Trump to work to secure the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who now faces extradition to the U.S.

“Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of #JulianAssange,” she continued. “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. I know Mr. Assange broke the law (as i have done defending the treatment of animals) but I believe he has been duly punished and should now be set free. Please consider my plea.”

The Pretenders also tweeted Ms. Hynde’s plea. The president has not responded.

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