Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Reveals Why Trump Is ‘A Disgusting Turd’


Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan discussed President Donald Trump and Star Wars in a new Kerrang Magazine interview.

“It all comes down to perspective, doesn’t it? If you can step back far enough and hear the voices of prior generations, how many times have we been in a situation we’re just convinced the world was over in the last 6-8,000 years? I’m sure there’s many instances where we thought, ‘We’re done – this is it.’ Then we kind of wiggle out of the turmoil and into the light. Somehow, at least temporarily. I think there’s hope, but the problem is balancing what your version of hope is. [When] you have a disgusting turd for a President – did I say that out loud? You have to look at how something like that happened.”

Maynard stops himself before he disappears ‘down a rabbit hole.’ In 2018 e says he is wrestling with a world governed by a ‘Portlandia mentality’ where everyone acts, as in that comedy sketch show, as morbid exaggerations of any given stereotype, be it politicians or bohemians. He turns to Star Wars to explain the balance he is looking for in life. While he preferred Rogue One to The Last Jedi (FYI), something resonated with him in the form of Kylo Ren and Rey.

“You have two characters who have the perfect yin-yang proportion of dark and light in them,” he begins. “Now you’re striking a balance, now you have me. We don’t have a balance right now. Everything’s polarized extremes without having the yin-yang element in place where even as dark as you might be, you might have that dot of light in you, and as light as you may be, you might have a little dot of dark in you.”