Berninger says Trump is "the sickness that’s been clogging the drain"

The National are the latest band to speak out against Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, likening Trump to McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald.

Frontman Matt Berninger made the remarks during his appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Pienaar’s Politics’ at Latitude festival. The band were one of the headliners of the festival.

Speaking on the show, Berninger said the prospective Trump presidency unearthed a deep-seated “bigotry in America,” describing Trump himself as “the sickness that’s been clogging the drain.” He continued, “Donald Trump is like the hanger that’s pulling out that wad of ugliness.”


Bandmate Aaron Desner added that while some of the band “were big Bernie supporters … now we are all migrating to support Hillary, and frankly I like Hillary a lot too.”

Berninger also joked that he would sing a capella at a Clinton rally “in a second” although he couldn’t speak for the entire band.

Matt Berninger also recently revealed he has stopped having panic attacks on stage and is now able to enjoy playing live. The singer told NME that playing live used to feel like “torture” until recently.

Speaking backstage before The National headlined Latitude last night (July 16), Berninger said: “I’m enjoying performing more than I ever used to. I don’t know why, but I’m more relaxed than I used to be. Maybe it’s as simple as the fact we have nicer dressing rooms now.”