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System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Voices Support For Donald Trump As Serj Tankian Calls For The President’s Resignation


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If you’ve been following the saga of System Of A Down over the years, you may wonder if it’s only the brotherhood and joy of playing music or the money that that keeps them friendly enough to periodically get together and play shows. From their well-documented tensions over creative differences and financial disputes in regards to new material repeatedly spilling over in the press, to members of the band harboring drastically different political beliefs, it seems miraculous they can even share a room, let alone a stage.

Factor in that System Of A Down‘s career has essentially been founded on activist and political causes and the lack of a complete meltdown seems like a minor miracle. As we saw this past February, the band’s frontman Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan shared wildly different views on then U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

That difference of political opinion continues to this day with the policies, actions and track record of current U.S. President Donald Trump. Earlier this week Tankian publicly criticized Trump for his response to protests outside of the White House as follows:

“Run Donny run into your bunker. You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens. A real leader would address the nation properly and a real man would go face the protestors on the streets in person. But like other corrupt undemocratic leaders in the past, you’ve realized they are not your people as you are not really our President.

These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come. You make antifa a terrorist organization but not the KKK?

The lessons of the 2018 peaceful successful revolution in Armenia can be applied in the US and elsewhere in the world. Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign. The time has come. Your time has come @realdonaldtrump”

Meanwhile, Dolmayan voiced his support for Trump

Perhaps Dolmayan previously summed up System Of A Down‘s dynamic best in this February 2020 interview, in which he stated:

“Some of us are closer than others, I think. Not all of us get along very well, but I say we all get along good enough. It’s kind of like having brothers, man. You have three brothers, you’re not going to like all of them the same. They’re not all going to like you the same. Each of us has our favorites, but at the end of the day, you’re brothers nonetheless. But I want to kill some of the guys in the band sometimes.”

In other news, Dolmayan spoke out against the violence and rioting/looting which has occurred in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Earlier this week he offered:

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For those of you peacefully protesting please continue to do so , the only way to institute the moral change we all want is to do so peaceably and with the voices of the masses merging into a single voice that can not be denied. To the famous people lending financial support to Antifa members incarcerated during these looting sprees perhaps your efforts would be better served by helping the thousands of small businesses these people are destroying . It’s easy to be sucked in by the narrative, be more substantive , there are people out there who actually think you know something they don’t and while you hide in your secure compounds and safe places they are on the streets suffering . I pledge to help those small businesses destroyed by these awful riots , I pledge to make my voice heard to seek justice for George Floyd and to help insure this doesn’t happen again by any means necessary. I also support the tens of thousands of good intentioned police men and women nationwide who go to work everyday to help keep us safe .

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He followed that up yesterday, June 03rd, with the below post. If you’re unaware, the picture he included is of retired St. Louis Police captain David Dorn, who was killed by apparent looters this past Monday while providing security for a local pawn shop:

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