DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci has weighed in on underdog Donald Trump's stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, saying that everybody should give the real estate mogul a chance to perform and deliver on his promises.
Trump surprised the political establishment and the world by becoming the 45th president in one of the biggest upsets in U.S. political history. He won with 306 electoral votes compared to 232 for Hillary Clinton. 270 were needed to win. Clinton, however, handily won the popular vote, despite losing the overall election.
Acknowledging that it was "a wild period" leading up to Trump's election in November, Petrucci admitted to Spark TV (part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark) that, as an American, he was "very actively interested in the election process," calling it "a forever-changing landscape in so many ways."
Asked for his opinion of Trump as President, Petrucci said (see video below): "I like him. I think that we should give him a chance and see what he can do. He's obviously very different. He's not a politician, but he's a successful man, and let's see what he can do, and I think great things are in store. So hopefully everybody will give him a chance and see what happens."
DREAM THEATER is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album "Images And Words" on a European tour, which kicked off on January 30 in Rome, Italy. Each performance sees the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of "Images And Words" in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalog.