Lara Trump, former President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, has been mocked on social media after a viral clip of her singing to guests at Margo-a-Lago went viral. Lara married Eric Trump in 2014 at Mar-a-Lago, a luxury resort in Palm Beach, Florida, owned by Donald Trump. She has previously worked for Inside Edition and Fox News and has helped her father-in-law during his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. Lara was also seen standing with the former president as he gave a speech after winning the New Hampshire primary election last month.
Lara released a cover of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” last September, which was number 10 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart in early October. A video of Lara performing the song was posted on X, formerly Twitter, by editor-in-chief Ron Filipkowski. X users responded with mockery, with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, X user @BlueATLGeorgia, and X user @Rene_gadeCowboy posting their reactions.
The controversy began when Lara’s cover of the song was slammed for being a “cheap move” after Donald Trump received a cease-and-desist letter from Petty’s family for using the song at a 2020 campaign rally. Controversy grew when Lara released a new acoustic cover of it last November. Newsweek reached out to Lara Trump and Filipkowski via X direct message for comment and also emailed representatives listed on Petty’s website for comment.