Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic leaves Twitter after backlash over Trump praise
The now-deleted social media posts praised Trump for his Monday night speech in which he said that he’s “dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” to the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country.
Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests are happening around the world. On Monday night, Trump gave a speech that included talks of getting heavy military personnel involved in the BLM protests. Of course, this didn’t sit well with Black Lives Matter supporters who demand change and want to protest in peace.
After the speech, police used tear gas to clear protesters from St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C. before Trump arrived to have several photos taken.
For Novoselic, he has been involved in politics for decades. In 2009, he ran for public office and served as a chairman of Wahkiakum Country in Washington state. As well, in the past, he has said his beliefs align with the Democratic Party. For the 2016 presidential election, Novoselic openly supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
However, Novoselic decided to share his thoughts about Trump and his Monday night speech this week. In now-deleted Facebook and Twitter posts, the former Nirvana bassist praised Trump and said that his remarks were “strong and direct.” Some fans were able to get screenshots of the posts before they were deleted.
“Wow!!! I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech,” Novoselic writes on his Facebook page. “I agree the president should not be sending troops into states and he legally might not be able to anyway. Nevertheless, his tone in this speech was strong and direct. I have been watching the images in the media and thinking about how polarized our country is. The violence (and not the protests) appear as a leftist insurrection. Most Americans want peace in their communities and President Trump spoke to this desire. Never mind the legal details that few understand, Trump said he would stop the violence and this speaks to many.”
Novoselic’s full social media post is available to read below. In the long post, he talks about the ongoing protests that are happening in Seattle and Washington state where he resides. The Seattle protest recently made headlines after a video of a child being tear-gassed was shared.
Anyone besides me remember when Krist Novoselic was on MTV raising awareness about war crimes and not on Facebook blowing the horn for a fascist dictator? pic.twitter.com/pQJjbfMLV6
— Shaine Edwards (@DeputyDracula) June 2, 2020
Many Nirvana fans and Black Lives Matter supporters were outraged by Novoselic’s comments. They quickly shared their outrage and anger towards Novoselic for praising Trump’s speech. Some fans also noted that Novoselic’s comments contradict what Kurt Cobain stood for and wanted Nirvana’s music to stand for.
— Oren??♂️ (@orencamera) June 2, 2020
I feel hurt and disappointed seeing that statement from Krist Novoselic. It feels so much like betrayal. How could someone who stood for human rights for so long suddenly be okay with martial law? I just can’t even fucking believe this
— ?????? ? (@_nirvanacide_) June 2, 2020
How can you build your entire career, wealth and platform based on a leftist/anti-establishment identity, then use that platform to speak praisingly of a man that’d rather kill its minorities (while mocking their pain) than hold cops accountable? What a betrayal!! @KristNovoselic
— nat ✨ (@troysnick) June 2, 2020
Following the backlash he received, Novoselic deactivated his Twitter account. As well, Novoselic’s official Facebook page has since gone private. After deleting and making his accounts private, the Nirvana bassist reportedly shared an updated statement to an unverified Facebook profile.
“To clarify a few things,” he says. “As an avowed independent, I don’t endorse a major party or candidate. And it feels insane to have to say this, but I don’t support fascism, and I don’t support an authoritarian state. I believe in a civilized society and that we all have to work toward that. Love and thanks to anyone who cares to read this.”
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