These are interesting times in the U.S., with the presidential election coming later this year and not a clear leader establishing themselves as the frontrunner. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has been on record as saying he’s a supporter of Bernie Sanders and in a chat with Metal Hammer (seen above), he discusses not only the election, but elaborates on why he currently sides with Sanders.
“Man, I’ll tell you what… I haven’t seen this much mudslinging in a long time,” says Taylor. “In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen mudslinging like this ever. This has got some, like, 1800s political stuff kind of going on, where it was pretty much no holds barred, tear down the other guy, and just kind of see what happens.”
He goes on to add, “I’m nervous, to be honest, as far as watching the GOP, the Republican side of things. There’s a lot of derision coming from those candidates, a lot of destructive talk instead of constructive talk. So I’m kind of watching that.”
As for why he supports Sanders, Taylor admits he hasn’t fully investigated the candidate’s voting record, but does like a lot of what he’s seen so far. “I love the fact that he’s been an independent for years,” says Taylor. “The only reason he’s joined the Democratic party is because, apparently, you have to be a part of one of those parties to be taken seriously, which I don’t really like. It’s a very corporate way to kind of deal with the President of the United States. But I love the guts that he has to really stand up and talk about things other than the hot-button issues that the Republicans and Democrats think matter. It seems like all of those issues are designed to put fear into people, and the things that Sanders is talking about has everything to do with trying to bring people together, and how to right wrongs, and how to bring real democracy back. And I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think that’s more encouraging than discouraging.”
Taylor isn’t the only “Bernie” supporter, as Red Hot Chili Peppers recently headlined a benefit to raise funds for Sanders’ campaign. Serj Tankian, David Draiman and Alice in Chains‘ vocalist William DuVall have also shown their support for Sanders.
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