Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins discussed President Donald Trump at Open’er Festival with Onet News. Alternative Nation transcribed Hawkins’ remarks.
“I mean it’s insane, but you know, it really is a mirror image of our culture in America right now. So people blame him, but he’s just a symptom of a generation of reality TV obsessed, selfie obsessed, Facebook obsessed, tweet obsessed, self-obsessed people. So we got that President because I think, unless the Russians really did hack in, we got what we deserve.
So I think in a certain way, it’s a good chance for people to take a look at where we are as a culture and say, is this where we want to be? An orange, fake haired, tweeting President, who tweets childish remarks about people who say little mean things about him, because that’s where we are right now. Generally as a band we tend to stray abstractly politically, we don’t get too on the nose. We did a few Obama things, and we did a few Kerry things unsuccessfully, 10 to 12 years ago.
It’s a fricking weird freaky time, but it’s really representative of where our culture is right now. The middle of America is a different place than the coasts in New York, and the progressive LA. There’s a whole middle America out there who believed it when he said, ‘we’re going to make America great again,’ which is just fucking rhetoric. We got an orange President who tweets, it’s insane!”
He added, “As Dave has said, there’s going to be a lot of good rock and roll hopefully, or music that can come out of political strife. It’s a hell of a price to pay for some good music, but hopefully at least that will happen. I don’t know, hopefully people are taking a look at themselves right now, and their culture, saying okay, have we gone too far? Because I think we have.”