The Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr demands US presidential hopeful Donald Trump stop playing their songs at campaign rallies

The Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr has said he will try and stop former US President Donald Trump from using the band's music at his rallies for the Republican party nomination. 

Footage has appeared on X (formerly known as Twitter) of a Trump rally in Rapid City, South Dakota from September last year, with The Smiths' song 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want' playing in the lead-up to Trump's appearance. 

"You actually hear the Smiths more often than you'd think at 2024 Trump rallies," the original poster said. 

Within moments, Marr had reposted the video, saying: "Ahh…right…OK. I never in a million years would've thought this could come to pass. Consider this shit shut right down right now." 

He did not indicate online what further action he would be taking to stop Trump from using their music. 

However, fans warned Marr it would be tricky to enforce. 

"Good luck. The Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty have all been trying to get Trump to stop using their music for years," one commented. 

Another warned The Smiths' singer Morrissey may have given the campaign permission to use their music, saying: "Stephen [Steven, Morrissey's first name] probably gave his blessing Mr Johnny." 

"It's so sad because all Trump ever does is beg to please please get what he wants, thanks for shutting it down Johnny," another replied. 

"I am so sorry that you have had your music unjustly appropriated," another said. 

Earlier this week, Newshub US correspondent Mitch McCann said in an opinion piece that Trump's return to the White House seemed "inevitable, doesn't it?" 

And on Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was ending his 2024 presidential bid, throwing his weight behind Trump for the Republican nomination. 

"While I've had disagreements with Donald Trump, such as on the Coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent Joe Biden. That is clear."