Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett discussed President Donald Trump and right wing populism in a new interview with Powerplay Magazine when he was asked about the voice of the working class. Alternative Nation transcribed Shiflett’s quote.
“There’s a worldwide populist backlash against the power elite, heading all of us in a certain direction. Unfortunately, the outcome of that is to leave a lot of working people thrown by the wayside. That rears its head in the ugliness of Donald Trump and I know you guys have your own version of that and all over Europe there’s a populist, right wing parties popping up, and it’s fucking scary.
I’m an old fashioned Democrat, and we have nobody that’s going to oppose him [Trump] in a meaningful way. Hopefully that’ll develop in the next four years. I don’t view Trump supporters as the enemy. I don’t agree with them politically but a lot of people who voted for Obama turned around and voted for Trump, so we need to find out why that is. If the Left don’t reach those people, we’re in really big trouble. Working people are not our enemy, we should be on the same [inelligible] here.
One of the wonderful things about music is that it gives a voice to those people who don’t necessarily have a voice, and it’s a tricky thing to do. I did think about that a lot, I just try to weave those details in [my music]. The reality is that I haven’t been part of the working class in a fucking long time, but I don’t wanna shake my roots. I like my roots, I like where I came from.”
Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) discussed his support of Brexit and defended President Trump on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this week.
He described British right wing populist Nigel Farage as “fantastic”.
“Where do I stand on Brexit?” he asked during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “Well, here it goes, the working class have spoke and I’m one of them and I’m with them.”
On President Trump, the punk rock legend said he was a “complicated fellow” who had been “smeared” by the “left-wing media.”
“One journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol? In a way.”
“What I dislike is the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist and that’s completely not true.”
“There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he’s not that and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians.”
“This is a joy to behold for me. Dare I say, [he could be] a possible friend.”