In a latest interview with Rolling Stone scheduled to be released this month, former Pink Floyd bassist and current BDS campaigner, Roger Waters, lashed out at Republican Presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, calling his campaign “the epitome of anything that might be considered bad” and that it is “entrepreneurship gone wrong.”
The popularity of the business magnate, who is currently leading among Republican contenders in early primary states and several national polls and surveys, was at the center of Waters’ criticism. “I have [laughed] except it’s not funny that he’s as popular as he is,” Waters said. “His ideas [are] not outlandish at all. It’s American exceptionalism gone crazy and delivered under the umbrella of absolute ignorance. He is pig-ignorant and he always was and he always will be. He lives in the illusion that he’s admirable in some way. And obviously for somebody like me, he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society.”
Waters also doesn’t approve Trump’s campaign slogan, one the businessman has been using to promote his candidature across the country, “Let’s Make America Great Again.”
“It’s the worst possible slogan anybody could ever come up with,” Water says. “It’s silly and disgusting as well, unless they wanted to hark back to the potential. If the Founding Fathers hadn’t been so up their own asses, they might have come up with a system that fell somewhere between republican democracy that was going to work and that had proper checks and balances to prevent it disintegrating into what it has become, which is a country for sale to the highest bidder with the Supreme Court at the top of it, who’s appointed by the highest bidder eventually.”
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Waters has spoken against quite a few political issues in the past, including expressing his support for the Palestinian people. Brietbart reports that Waters was a high-profiled advocate for President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 before going against the latter’s foreign policy decisions in 2011.
Trump’s popularity, however, can be attributed to his media exposure. “The mainstream media in this country tend only to report a very limited section of ideas and views,” Waters said. “So it’s perfectly understandable why people would believe Donald Trump’s nonsense, because it’s important to the 1 percent to propagate and disseminate these theories and these system beliefs in order to retain control. It’s organized theft on a giant level, a huge scale, and is extremely efficient and well-organized.”
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Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border the United States shares with Mexico was also highly reprehended by the singer-songwriter. “There were millions of Native Americans, and you killed them all,” Waters said. “So the idea where, oh good, we’ve got this huge very rich thing, we’re going to keep everybody… no you’re not. It’s a joke. There’s no possible way. It’s called osmosis. Human beings will travel. Osmosis is the movement of molecules from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration through a semipermeable membrane; well, you can build any wall you like and it’s still semipermeable and it always will be. And people will always go. If they’re poor as shit over there and they think you’re rich, they will move across the border and why shouldn’t they?”
Speaking about his upcoming concert film, Roger Waters The Wall – documenting his 2010-13 The Wall Live tour also featuring behind-the-scenes footage – he said, “If people see this movie, what I hope is that when they’ve seen it, they may look at one another and even come out and go, ‘You know what? We are a community and we are many,'” he said. “‘There are a lot of us.'”
Check out the trailer for the film here.
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