On Monday (June 1) Trump declared himself a “law and order president” in a press conference, and said that he would mobilise the US military to be deployed against protesters seeking justice over George Floyd’s death.
He also labelled those taking to the streets as “thugs”, adding: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” This tweet was subsequently censored by Twitter, who deemed its message to be in violation of the site’s rules surrounding “glorifying violence”.
Yesterday (June 3), System’s Dolmayan posted an image of Trump to his Instagram account along with a later tweet from the POTUS in which he claimed that his administration “has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln”.
In response, Dolmayan wrote: “Let’s not let the narrative that’s being spun make us forget the truth of this statement. The most attacked president in history yet the greatest friend to minorities!
“Don’t believe it? Look at the stats. Don’t like it, doesn’t change the truth of it.”
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As Consequence Of Sound notes, System Of A Down have been known to express left-leaning ideals through their past material, with Dolmayan’s bandmates having reflected these viewpoints via their respective social media accounts.
Dolmayan’s recent Trump comments are at odds with those of System frontman Serj Tankian, who had previously claimed that the president’s “time has come”. “Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign,” he urged the protestors.
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Run Donny run into your bunker. You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens. A real leader would address the nation properly and a real man would go face the protestors on the streets in person. But like other corrupt undemocratic leaders in the past, you’ve realized they are not your people as you are not really our President. These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come. You make antifa a terrorist organization but not the KKK? The lessons of the 2018 peaceful successful revolution in Armenia can be applied in the US and elsewhere in the world. Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign. The time has come. Your time has come @realdonaldtrump
“Run Donny run into your bunker,” Tankian wrote. “You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens… These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come.”
This comes after Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic offered clarification over his praise of Donald Trump earlier this week. “Wow!!! I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech,” Novoselic wrote of Trump’s conference.
Following an influx of criticism, the musician made it clear in a subsequent post that he does not support “fascism” nor “an authoritarian state”.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has also been condemned over his recent comments by US Democrats including California Senator Kamala Harris and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The former described Trump’s speech as “the words of a dictator”.