System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian brands fans who support Trump ‘hypocrites’

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Serj Tankian, the frontman of System of a Down, has said that fans who listen to their music and support Donald Trump are “hypocrites”.

The singer posted the lyrics to one of the metal band’s early tracks, ”Temper”, on Instagam, along with a message explaining his political position.

Tankian wrote: “If you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact :)”

The track includes lyrics such as: “White right conservative might // Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright // The American way!” and “Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! // We’re the victors of... nothing.”

California-based band System of a Down are comprised of Armenian-American members Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan.

Tankian criticised Trump repeatedly throughout the president’s time in office, recently saying that Black Lives Matter protests ought to “force the regime to resign”.

Other members of the band have also been outspoken in their criticism of the US president before.

In an interview with The Independent, Malakian said: [”Trump is] not careful with his words, and he doesn’t seem to realise that everybody’s listening to him,

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A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact :) “Temper” We want peace with Patriot missiles, Blown to bits are civilian targets, Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! We’re the victors of...nothing, Spend more money on a war, Your people starving, turned to whores, Slaves of the chosen one paying millions for each bomb, Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright , The American way! Freedom cried the marching man, Flags ripped out of their black hands , Beaten! Slain! Tortured! Killed! Their only mistake was being born here , Invade countries just for oil , Send your troops all down to boil , Iraq! Grenada! Nam and Chile! Truman doctrine our own way , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright , The American way! The Government (FBI-CIA) here can suck my balls , Policing the world in overalls , Armed rebellion minority , Disrespected race, color, mind , Crazed loonies all walk the streets , Missing children on milk cartons , Mother selling child for crack , Mr. President check your back , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace, White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright , The American way! The American way! The American way!

A post shared by Serj Tankian (@serjtankian) on Jun 16, 2020 at 12:57am PDT

“He does things that would have got another president impeached. Because we live in the social media world our attention spans are so small and so brief... that’s why Trump works, because he makes himself the biggest conversation, and the biggest news, every day.”

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