Speaking to NME about the band’s upcoming third album, ‘Love is Dead’, Mayberry praised the recent rise in people speaking out and protesting as a positive amid widespread political tension.
Mayberry said: “As much as we talk about the negative things that are floating around the world right now, I do think that that stuff galvanises people and sparks change.”
Referring to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump, Mayberry said: “I don’t know if we would have something like the Women’s March if not for the fact that there’s an unpunished sexual predator in office.”
Prior to the 2016 US presidential election, a recording of Trump saying he would “Grab [women] by the pussy,” was released to widespread condemnation.
Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
Mayberry also commented on the national school walkout against gun violence that took place in March, spearheaded by American teenagers.
“That school walkout that happened yesterday in America, that is so fucking inspiring, and I don’t know if something like that would have happened two years ago, or five years ago.
“Those things are done as a reaction to the extreme opposite.
“I guess it’s the darkest before the dawn.”
Other musicians to praise the high schoolers included Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry and Garbage.