Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor has accused Donald Trump of “ugly bigotry and hatred”. Attacking the Republican presidential runner, the Slipknot and Stone Four singer has voiced his concerns over Trump’s hateful and racist comments in recent weeks.
Backing Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Saunders, Taylor criticised Trump for bringing his grudge-match with the media to an extremely dangerous level for freedom of the press.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Taylor said, “I’m not going to let that [racism] stand. I may have bullshitted myself into thinking we were a little further ahead when it comes to race, but what we’re seeing right now is a lot of the far right fringe coming out of the woodwork and wearing their hatred right on their sleeves. That cannot be what our legacy is. Too many people died during the Civil War, during the Civil Rights Movement. We should not be asking, ‘Jesus Christ, what decade is this? How is this okay?'”
He went on to explain that freedom of speech unfortunately allows Trump to spread his views. “I want to encourage people to stand up for freedom of speech, but as much as I would love to not hear anyone talk the way that Donald Trump does, unfortunately, freedom of speech covers him, too.”
Last week, Taylor raised doubts over the long-term future of his band, stating in a new interview that he might “step away” from the group.
Taylor recently spoke to BBC Radio 1 DJ Daniel P Carter for the Someone Who Isn’t Me podcast. Asked whether he will ever grow “tired of touring”, Taylor replied: “You know, honestly, if you’d asked me a year ago, I would have said no. But I’m just kind of starting to”.