RATM bassist: “All of us should be really scared”
By David Sands
November 15, 2016
Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford isn’t mincing words when it comes to Donald Trump. In a recent Team Rock article, he compared the outspoken businessman and reality TV star, who was elected the next president of the United States this month, with Adolf Hitler.
“It’s mind-boggling how many people voted for him, and just how f***ed up the whole system is. It’s messed up and it’s sad,” said the musician, who also plays with Prophets of Rage and the prog-punk band Wakrat.
“We have a very scary situation here. I was saying this when they were running – and I’ve heard other people say it too – that he’s like Adolf Hitler,” he continued. “He is Adolf Hitler. He’s f***ing Adolf Hitler. And He. Is. Scary. All of us should be really scared, and all of us should be prepared for the worst.”
Although the comparison is certainly dramatic, Commerford isn’t the only one to draw such parallels. Trump’s recent selection of Steve Bannon, his campaign manager and former head of the right-wing Breitbart News site, as his chief White House strategist has drawn a firestorm of criticism from anti-extremist and civil rights groups like the Southern Policy Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on Islamic-American Relations; they’ve denounced Bannon for his association with Breitbart News and the “Alt-Right” movement, which they consider to be racist and white supremacist.
In a recent interview with 60 Minutes, when asked about incidents where some of his backers allegedly harassed minorities, President-elect Trump said he was “saddened” by the reports and asked his supporters to “stop it.”
Despite his anxieties about the president-elect, however, it isn’t all bad news these days for Commerford; his band Wakrat just released their self-titled debut album on Nov. 11.
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