Morrissey has claimed that he was interviewed by the US Secret Service after describing Donald Trump as a “pest” that he would be willing to kill.
The comments originally emerged in an controversial interview with German newspaper Der Spiegl, which the singer has since disputed.
When asked “if there was a button here and if you pressed on it, Trump would die dead – would you push it or not?,” Morrissey replied: “I would, for the safety of the human race. It’s not for my personal opinion of his face, or his life, or his family, but in the interest of the human race. I think he’s a terrible, terrible scourge.”
He’s now released a new eight-minute video to respond to his critics, and explained how the secret service interrogated him during a recent US tour.
“As a further resort of Der Spiegl, I was cross-examined by the American Secret Service, who were very, very nice. And I do understand their position. So that went very, very well, and they assured me that they have no cause for concern. But it was a direct result of Der Spiegl that I was cross-examined, which is very, very sad”, he admitted.
“So congratulations, Der Spiegl. You achieved everything that you set out to do. Whether again I’m allowed free access to America, I really don’t know. I have to wait and see if I can enter the country again.”
He also hit out at the German newspaper for claiming that he seemingly defended sex offenders – despite Der Spiegl previously releasing the unedited audio of the interview to support their claims.
“Suddenly, I was sympathizing with sexual harassment. I was apparently sympathizing with paedophilia, I was sympathizing with rape, I was sympathizing with everything that would persuade anybody on the planet to stop listening to me”, he reasoned.
“Of course, none of those assumptions are true. I do not sympathize with anything like that. You can hear it in the tone of my voice…”