Sanders was running alongside Hillary Clinton for the chance to be President of the US, and Droste and Koenig were both involved in campaigning for his nomination.
As Pitchfork reports, on the latest edition of Koenig’s Beats 1 show Time Crisis, Droste said the election had been “extremely enlightening”.
“I have to say, I do feel sort of disillusioned by it all,” he said. “But I definitely feel more energized than usual, to hopefully fix the insane amount of problems that I both witnessed and read about.”
He also said the credit for that feeling should go to Sanders, saying his campaign made him want “to educate myself on insane intricacies and details of politics, first of all, within this country.”
Droste also said he wasn’t “really that stressed about [the primaries] until there was such a stark difference between Hillary and Bernie,” comparing it to finding mainstream success as a musician. “It’s sort of like someone being, like, ‘You’re gonna be a platinum, Number 1 artist!’,” he said. “And you’re like, ‘What? I never thought that was possible. I make really melancholic, sleepy music’. Bernie came out of nowhere and suddenly there was this candy that was, like, ‘Wait, I didn’t think we were even allowed to have that!'”
Koenig also discussed his feelings on the States’ two-party system, saying: “Whether you like Bernie or Hillary, I think we can all agree that the two party system is trash. And anyone who loves the two-party system and who loves the Democratic Party is ultimately trash.”