On September 11, 2020, after President Donald Trump used this song at rallies for his re-election campaign, John Fogerty took to Facebook
to offer commentary and explain the true meaning of the song. Said Fogerty:
"Recently, the President's been using my song 'Fortunate Son' at his rallies, which I find confounding to say the least, so I thought I'd explain a little bit about what 'Fortunate Son' is about. I wrote the song back in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War. By the time I wrote the song I had already been drafted and had served in the military. I've been a lifelong supporter of our guys and gals in the military probably because of that experience.
Back in those days we still had a draft, and something I was very upset about was that people of privilige - in other words, rich people or people that had position - could use that to avoid the draft. I found that very upsetting, and that's why I wrote 'Fortunate Son.' That was the whole intent of the song, the inspiration for the song.
The very first lines are:Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Ohh, they're red, white and blue
But when the band plays "Hail to the chief"
They point the cannon at you
Well, that's exactly what happened recently in Lafayette Park
. When the President decided to take a walk across the park, he cleared out the area using federal troops so that he could stand in front of St. John's Church with a bible.
It's a song I could have written now, so I find it confusing that the President has chosen to use my song for his political rallies when in fact, it seems like he is probably the Fortunate Son."