If you know Roger Waters, you know that he doesn’t shy away from expressing his political views. From supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (who is stuck in a prison in London as he fights extradition to the United States) to calling UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson an “oaf and a complete buffoon,” Waters doesn’t like to mince too many words. He has also described US President Donald Trump as a “tyrant and mass murderer and mass destroyer of everything that any of us might love or cherish.”
So it follows that Waters would support the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden against Trump in November, right? Not exactly.
Rolling Stone asked Waters about this in a recent interview. Specifically, the former Pink Floyd singer was asked whether he thinks voters ought to hold their noses, as it were, and cast their ballots for Biden in order to get rid of Trump.
“For the moment, I’m on the fence,” Waters said. “I’m so flabbergasted and gobsmacked by the way the Democratic National Committee has railroaded Bernie [Sanders] again. And has put in place a candidate who … I can’t imagine Biden beating Trump in an election.”
“I honestly don’t know where I stand on that lesser of two evils question,” Waters continued. “I’m not sure that the path to a new America that is not ruled by the current ruling class—by money, plutocracy, and a capitalist system—will be made any easier with Biden as president than with Trump as president.”
In case that’s a little too wishy-washy for your taste, Waters added bluntly:
“Biden is such a fucking slime ball. He’s so weak, and has no appeal to anybody. Trump, at least, is a snake oil salesman, he does tricks. He does them really badly, but people don’t care.”
“I’m so upset at the appalling bill of goods the American electorate is being sold, and they fall for it again and again,” he went on. “On the simplest of pretext, which is: America exceptionalism. ‘We are great. This is the greatest country in the world. We believe in freedom and democracy and human rights. We make everything better. We are the shining city on the hill.’ No you aren’t, you’re fucking awful!”
Perhaps Waters should look into moonlighting as an online tutor. At least until the pandemic ends and he can get back to playing live music.
Waters was equally blunt when the subject of a Pink Floyd reunion came up. To hear Waters tell it, it’s never going to happen. Check it out:
“No, it wouldn’t be nice. It would be fucking awful. Obviously if you’re a fan of those days of Pink Floyd, you would have a different point of view. But I had to live through it. That was my life. And I know in the wake of it, I’ve been cast as something of a villain by whoever, whatever, I can live with that. But would I trade my liberty for those chains? No fucking way.”