Nico Segal, previously known as Donnie Trumpet, is abandoning his stage name in an attempt to disassociate himself with President Elect Donald Trump.
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The original announcement came on the morning of Friday, November 11 in the form of a Facebook post. It was then posted to Instagram. However, the musician has since deactivated said Instagram account. As of right now, it is unknown what photo was originally paired with the announcement.
Before deactivating his Instagram account, Nico took a screenshot of the post caption and not only posted it to his Twitter account but currently has it as his pinned tweet so it is the first thing one sees when going onto his Twitter profile. The tweet can be viewed below.
— nico (@nicosegal) November 11, 2016
It’s no secret that many people throughout the world are shocked by the election results. In fact, the word “shocked” does not even begin to cover the outpour of outrage that has come from many Americans in the form of riots, posts of outrage on social media and threats of immigration to Canada.
While a lot of this is could be seen as a bit overboard, Nico Segal calmly explains that, as a proud member of a multicultural family, he cannot stand to be “connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message.”
“What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore… I don’t want to be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Trumps beliefs are not mine. From this point on, call me Nico.”
The same day that this announcement came, just three days after President Elect Donald Trump won the electoral college, Nico Segal was at the tail end of his combined tour with Chance the Rapper.
“All during the tour, something heavy was looming over me – Donald Trump – and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine.”
While scheduled to play in Arizona later that night, Nico tweeted the following tweet on November 11 solidifying the separation from his former stage name.
So it’s fair as part of the magnificent coloring world tour I will be selling my Donnie Merch for the last time tonight in AZ.
— nico (@nicosegal) November 12, 2016
Nico was met with support from his tour mate and his thousands of Twitter followers and fans. As far as Nico is concerned, Donnie Trumpet is a thing of the past and everyone is behind the idea.
Proud of my brother @nicosegal Good Man
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 11, 2016
Right on, Nico.