ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election, saying in a brand new interview that "it's pretty crazy" that one of the current Republican candidates "has the opportunity" to be voted into the Oval Office.
"I don't have a candidate," Ian told Radio.com (see video below). "I don't subscribe to any political party. I think they're all full of crap. I think all politics is bullshit. I don't subscribe to any of it. As a complete outsider, this is the worst, craziest circus I've ever seen in my life, and I thought it was bad last time."
He continued: "It's weird; I just had this conversation with someone the other day. People thought George W. Bush was… Whatever you wanna say about the guy… People thought, oh, maybe he wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed or this or that. The guy looks like Albert Einstein compared to what's happening now. It's pretty crazy that one of those idiots has the opportunity to run for president. Is that really the best the Republican party can do?"
Ian added: "I'm not anti-Republican. I'm not pro-Democrat. I'm anti all of it. They're all idiots — all of them. Do any of these people look like a guy that should be running our country? Like, really? I don't mean look physically look… Like, these people have the capability…? It's, like, really? None of it seems very presidential to me at all. And maybe it's just because I'm older, and things were different. Certainly the Republican party was a lot different in the '70s and the '80s from when I first became aware of politics than it is now. It's not the same party anymore."
Ian said in a previous interview that he found it hard to believe that Donald Trump is running for the highest office in the U.S. Ian told Stay Tuned Interviews: "I look at it this way: if Donald Trump was to become president, then America would actually get what it deserves. It truly would."
He continued: "The only thing I can say positive about that fucking circus is he really is showing what a circus it is. He's really showing how full of shit the whole process really is."
According to Ian, Trump's chances of actually being elected president are slim. He said: "I don't think he will win. I don't even think he'll become the Republican candidate, because I think the Republicans are having a very hard time with him; they hate him too. And he's really making a mockery of the whole system, which I really enjoy. And I think it would be great if, at the end of this whole thing, he actually came out and said, 'You see, this was my whole point: to show everybody how stupid this whole system really is.' Because America does need… This whole party system is… it's fucking done. The Republicans are in the pocket of the hardcore right wing, Christian right, and that's it. Every soundbite by a Republican is just something that the Christian right wants to hear, and you can't win on that. But they also can't run unless they do that. There needs to be a third party now that has, let's say, more centrist values, or what the Republicans used to be — the moderate Republicans from the '70s and '80s — which actually made sense."
He continued: "The whole thing is insane, and I can't say I'm worried, because it's… Really, no matter who wins, nothing's gonna change anyway — whether it's Hillary Clinton or it's…I don't even know who the best candidate is for the Republicans; they're a bunch of fucking monkeys, as far as I'm concerned."
Although Ian said that he planned to vote in the upcoming presidential election, he was not particularly inspired by any of the candidates that are running. "Nothing's gonna change regardless," he said. "Nothing will change. It doesn't matter who's there; nothing will change. The only one that has the balls to actually say anything is Bernie Sanders, and he's actually got the balls to call out the NRA, and he's got the balls to call out the corporations, and he's got the balls to call these things out. That's why he will never win. So I will vote for him — that's who I will vote for — because he's the only one that will actually point out things that are wrong in America and he's not bowing to the corporate fucking dollar or the NRA stronghold that America has become. So I will vote for Bernie Sanders. It's throwing my vote away, I guess, but at least in my heart I knew I voted for somebody that had the balls to say something different than the corporate line that even Hillary Clinton is a part of."
ANTHRAX released its long-awaited new album, "For All Kings", today (Friday, February 26) via Megaforce in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe.