“I am ashamed of our president,” says Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in a new interview with the British edition of GQ magazine. Calling the president a “massive jerk,” the musician speaks ruefully of the United States' current commander in chief. Read more below.
Lamenting President Trump's shambling administration and myopic worldview, the Foo Fighter claims a better understanding of international accord—thanks to his many years of touring the globe—than the sitting U.S. president.
“The American Dream was still tangible, still desirable,” Grohl says. “Today, the American Dream is broken. I've probably traveled internationally more than our current president and the one thing I understand that he doesn't is that the world isn't as big as you think it is. It is all in your neighborhood. India, Asia, Iceland aren't other solar systems. I am ashamed of our president. I feel apologetic for it when I travel.”
The musician also confirms his understanding that not all Foo Fighters fans will harbor the same perspective of Trump; Grohl declares that “none of that matters” when he gets onstage with his band to entertain concert audiences.
“Listen, who cares what I think about guns or religion,” he continues. “But the thing about Trump that stings the most is this: he just seems like a massive jerk. Right? I know a lot of wonderful people who don't share my politics and you can bet tomorrow night in the stadium not everyone will share the same opinion or hold the same views. But when I sing 'My Hero,' they will all sing it with me. In the three hours that I am on stage, none of that matters.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl reveals intimate new details of his time in Nirvana, as well as news of a new 25-minute instrumental piece he's working on. You can read Grohl's full interview in the June 2018 issue of British GQ.
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