FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election, saying in a brand new interview that if controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump "actually gets elected, I'm moving to Australia."
Trump's campaign has included promises to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border, bring back waterboarding and deport Muslims from the country.
In December, after Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslim immigration to the United States, a Los Angeles Times editorial called his record of inflammatory statements a "giant soup of bigotry and intolerance."
Asked by Australia's Sticks For Stones if he likes any of the candidates currently in the presidential race, Dino — who takes a great amount of pride in his Mexican culture and heritage — responded (hear audio below): "The closest thing I like is Bernie Sanders. But we have a kook running for president; we have Donald Trump."
He continued: "If Donald Trump actually gets elected, I'm moving to Australia. If he is elected president, we're gonna have a lot of issues in America. He's already getting death threats, I don't know if you know that, but they just arrested some guy who sent him a death threat on Facebook, like an idiot."
Dino added: "Who knows what's gonna happen? [Trump] doesn't like Muslims, he doesn't like Mexicans, and he doesn't like the foreigners. Blah blah blah blah… It's just gonna cause a war. It's gonna cause a lot of tension between Americans and other parts of the [world]. It's gonna make it worse. He's definitely gonna get death threats in America. I mean, someone's gonna try to assassinate him here. I'm surprised that that was the first one that come out. There might be a bunch of other ones already that we don't know about yet."
FEAR FACTORY will embark on a U.S. headlining tour later this month. Support on the trek, which will see the band perform its classic second album "Demanufacture" in its entirety, will come from Swedish metallers SOILWORK. A list of all the tour dates can be found at FearFactory.com
FEAR FACTORY's latest album, "Genexus", was released on August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.