Members of Slayer in part showed their political side in a new video series titled ‘Noisey Shreds‘ from Noisey. Speaking of the current political climate, drummer Paul Bostaph commented:
“Donald Trump‘s the biggest joke I’ve ever seen in my life. Everybody clapping for some of the stuff he says, I’m like this is some of the scariest shit I’ve ever seen in my life as an American.”
Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya went on to offer:
“We were talking about the constitution and they literally wrote in there that, ‘hey listen, if things aren’t going the way you think they should, trash this, get rid of your whole government and write a new one, because it’s time for a change.'”
Bostaph later added:
“It’s up to people to govern yourselves. You have to use common sense. And no government, nobody else can tell you that, you have to figure it out for yourself.”
In a separate chat, guitarist Kerry King was asked about his feeling on guns, to which he replied:
“I don’t know, probably depends on what day of the week it is and what kind of propaganda I’m paying attention to. At the end of the day, if you take guns away from everybody only criminals will have guns. Is that better? I don’t know.
You know what I know is a problem, police departments trying to be militant states. You can’t have all these policemen shooting all these poor African American people and nobody doing time or doing anything for it. They’re gonna retaliate, I would. I want to clear the air and say I’ve got nothing against the police force—I think they’re heroes, but Jesus Christ, something’s gotta change.”
You can watch the entire episode below or over at Noisey. Though this interview was conducted prior, it wasn’t so long ago that Araya found himself in hot water after sharing a photoshopped image of Trump with the band and making some controversial comments.
*An early version of this post had Bostaph mistakenly identified as Gary Holt.