Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has spoken about his disdain for Donald Trump, comparing the Republican Presidential candidate to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
Taylor also talks about other 2016 presidential candidates in the interview with Rolling Stone, focusing in particular on Bernie Sanders (who he seems to like), and Hillary Clinton (who he doesn’t).
“I can remember when David Duke ran for president, and people scoffed at him,” Taylor said. “It was a joke. Like, how do you even consider the fact that you’ve got a shot at this? And now here comes Trump. And just because he’s a fucking talking head on television, people are taking him seriously.
“Between that and the fact that he is appealing to some crazy fucking fear in the conservative wing of America, it is scaring me, to be honest. The Republicans need to fucking disavow him if they want to be taken seriously at all — not only by middle-of-the-road America, but by the rest of the fucking world.”
Duke ran for president back in 1988, scoring 47,000 or so votes.
Asked about the other candidates, Taylor continues:
“Bernie’s the one who’s got my interest. Everything about Hillary seems prepackaged and planned. Obviously, I don’t know her as a person, but everything about her seems forced. Bernie Sanders, however, just doesn’t give a shit. And that is so fucking refreshing. That dude has balls the size of church bells. I think if it came down to the debate, Sanders would shred Trump. Shred him. And I think he’s got 10 years on Trump.”
“And Bernie seems like he believes in what he’s saying; he’s trying to bring people together instead of pull them apart. And between Paris, San Bernardino, Black Lives Matter, this country is coming apart at the seams and we don’t need someone ripping us apart. We need someone to bring us together.”
Slipknot will play a UK arena tour next February, with dates as follows:
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (February 8)
London, Alexandra Palace (February 9)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (February 12)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (February 13)