Trent Reznor has shared his thoughts on the unlikely political rise of Donald Trump.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman admitted that he was “entertained” by the mogul-turned-politician while he was fighting to secure the Republican Party’s nomination, but said that he now finds Trump’s presidential campaign “sad” and “absurd”.
“It is surreal,” Reznor told The Daily Beast. “I’ll admit that I was entertained during the Republican debates and the whole process of whittling them down. It’s kind of fun to see a grenade go off and see these guys – I hate every one of them – be eliminated and humiliated.”
“But it stopped being funny months ago,” he continued. “It’s sad to see the discourse be dragged this low. It’s absurd that this is even happening.”
Reznor also admitted that he is “absolutely terrified” by Trump’s long-term effect on the political landscape even if he fails to win next month’s election.
“Hopefully Trump will flame out any minute now, but the effect of him – or he himself – is not going to go away, and there’s going to be an awful lot of very energised followers,” Reznor said. “We all know they’re not going to say, ‘Well, let’s support Hillary because she’s the president now.’ She’s walking into a terrible situation.”
Reznor joins an ever-growing number of musicians and Hollywood actors who have condemned Trump as he battles Hillary Clinton for the US Presidency. Yesterday (October 14) Frank Ferdinand became the latest band to unveil an anti-Trump protest song.