Former Pink Floyd bassist and current BDS campaigner Roger Waters railed against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in a new interview with Rolling Stone set to be released this month.
In an excerpt from the interview published Tuesday, Waters called Trump’s campaign “the epitome of anything that might be considered bad” and “entrepreneurship gone wrong.”
Waters first took aim at Trump’s popularity; the businessman is currently leading all Republican contenders in several key early primary states as well as most national polls.
“I have [laughed] except it’s not funny that he’s as popular as he is,” Waters told Rolling Stone. “His ideas [are] not outlandish at all. It’s American exceptionalism gone crazy and delivered under the umbrella of absolute ignorance. He is pig-ignorant and he always was and he always will be. He lives in the illusion that he’s admirable in some way. And obviously for somebody like me, he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society.”
Waters, who became a high-profile advocate for President Obama’s election in 2008 before turning on him over his foreign policy decisions in 2011, also blasted Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.
“There were millions of Native Americans, and you killed them all,” Waters told the magazine. “So the idea where, oh good, we’ve got this huge very rich thing, we’re going to keep everybody… no you’re not. It’s a joke. There’s no possible way. It’s called osmosis. Human beings will travel.”
“Osmosis is the movement of molecules from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration through a semipermeable membrane; well, you can build any wall you like and it’s still semipermeable and it always will be. And people will always go. If they’re poor as sh*t over there and they think you’re rich, they will move across the border and why shouldn’t they?”
The musician also took aim at Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” calling it “the worst possible slogan anybody could ever come up with.”
“It’s silly and disgusting as well, unless they wanted to hark back to the potential,” Waters explained. “If the Founding Fathers hadn’t been so up their own asses, they might have come up with a system that fell somewhere between republican democracy that was going to work and that had proper checks and balances to prevent it from disintegrating into what it has become, which is a country for sale to the highest bidder with the Supreme Court at the top of it, who’s appointed by the highest bidder eventually.”
Check out the rest of Waters’ interview with Rolling Stone here.