Maynard James Keenan on Donald Trump: “I’ve seen this before; I think it’s called Germany, 1938”

Tool frontman fears Republican presidential candidate would be "the end of the United States"


Word of a new (and at this point mythical) Tool album has been scarce, but that hasn’t stopped Maynard James Keenan from weighing in on other topics, including the 2016 presidential election. In an interview with the UK’s The Skinny, he was asked about his political predictions. Like fellow rock frontman Eddie Vedder, Keenan had some not-so-very-nice things to say about Donald Trump, likening the GOP nominee to Hitler.

“Here’s the thing, I’m Italian and I’m Irish,” he started off. “The Italian side of me is the wine and food making family man; the Irish side is the shit-talking, ‘comedy first, always’ side. So I’m very divided. Because all the fuckin’ awesome jokes that are gonna come out if Trump leads the US – the humour, the tragedy and the awful stuff that’s gonna happen – is gonna be fodder for comedians for decades. And the end of the United States.”

“Of course, the practical side of me thinks, ‘I’ve seen this before; I think it’s called Germany, 1938.’ Idiocracy is no longer a comedy, it’s a documentary. Idiocracy is where we are,” Keenan added, referencing the 2006 satirical film in which director Mike Judge explores a dystopian society lacking in social responsibility, justice, and human rights.

Elsewhere in his interview, Keenan discusses AC/DC, his work with Puscifer, and more. Read it in full here.

While it’s true that Trump is nearly universally hated (heck, Americans like Nickelback more than The Donald!), Keenan is hardly the first to draw parallels between the presidential hopeful and Hitler. Last month, Tyler, the Creator put out a t-shirt that featured Trump’s face adorned with a Hitler mustache.


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