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Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Jack White’s Third Man Records isn’t mincing any words about feelings toward presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The record label – which has locations in Nashville and Detroit – is selling “Icky Trump” t-shirts on its website. The phrase is a play on “Icky Thump,” the name of a 2007 White Stripes song and album, their last.

The front of the shirt says “Icky Trump” and the back has lyrics from the song: “White Americans? What? Nothing better to do? Why don’t you kick yourself out? You’re an immigrant too. Who’s using who? What should we do? Well, you can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too.”

Third Man Records on Tuesday released a statement shaming Trump’s use of their song “Seven Nation Army” in a campaign video.

“The White Stripes would like to unequivocally state that they have nothing whatsoever to do with this video,” read the statement, which was posted to social media. “They are disgusted by this association, and by the illegal use of their song.”

Billed as an “Anti-Trump Unisex T-Shirt,” the red tee is available for pre-order at thirdmanstore.com for $25.

The White Stripes – Jack White and Meg White – were a lo-fi garage rock duo that formed in Detroit in 1997. The band’s last three albums, including 2007’s “Icky Thump,” won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The White Stripes officially dissolved around 2011.

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