Trump's campaign did not receive permission from Collins to use the song ahead of the president taking the stage in Des Moines yesterday (October 14). A representative told Consequence of Sound, "Yes we are well aware of the Trump campaign's use of this song and we have already issued a 'cease and desist' letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation."
Online, it was only natural for viewers to point out what an incredibly rich song choice "In the Air Tonight" was, considering Trump's recent contraction of coronavirus — not to mention the line, "It's all been a pack of lies."
Collins and his Genesis bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were due to reunite this year, but have since postponed tour plans until 2021.
Watching @CNN's @ErinBurnett & Jim @Acosta talk about the mostly maskless crowd at tonight's #Iowa Trump rally in Des Moines, where Covid-19 cases are rising... while the campaign is blasting @PhilCollinsFeed "IN THE AIR TONIGHT" is peak #2020 🤦♂️🙆🤷#Wtf #VOTE #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/YOpC26ptvC— Gary Gaston (@gaston213) October 14, 2020