FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has blasted Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, calling the billionaire "a reckless, dangerous, ignorant rich guy."
"Donald Trump is a racist bigot," Patrick told Australia's Sticks For Stones in a new interview. "He's blaming all of the problems of our country on immigration, which is practically non-existent. It is a non-issue. If it wasn't for newly... If it wasn't for migrants or immigrant workers, half of his hotels would go out of business. He is a complete lunatic. He is playing on the fears and angers of, I guess you would say bogans or rednecks. He is taking a really dumb part of the population and rallying them up. Intellectual giants like President Obama and Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are so much more qualified to be president, and he is... There's some Hitler stuff going on with that guy, and he wants to build a wall to wall people out. And he's a fool."
Richard continued: "I don't know what it is about my fellow countrymen, but they're really making asses out of themselves by backing such a ding-a-ling. As my mother would say — she's from the South — my mother says, 'Well, that Donald Trump's a ding-a-ling.' He is a ding-a-ling.
"I want to let you know that I'm going to do everything in my power... I'm probably going to lose thousands of fans, but I'm going to trash him every fucking chance I get. He is a reckless, dangerous, ignorant rich guy. He embodies greed and money and a love for money."
Patrick went on to say: "Listen, I've got tons of money. I don't fucking care. You know what I mean? I don't fucking care. I have a small house. I don't have a private studio. I don't do any of that crap. I like to make sure that my friends that own studios have business. It's, like, you've got to be cool. It's not about owning ten cars. It's not about that. It's like, take what you need, not what you want. He's a want guy, and now he thinks he can be president. He's completely unqualified, he speaks at a fifth-grade level, and he riles up a very dangerous part of the United States, a very racist, xenophobic population that has never been outside of their own county.
"I've been all over the world. I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I've been to Denmark and France and England and Australia and Japan. I've been everywhere, and I know that they're just afraid of the unknown. They don't know anything, and he's taking these people and he's getting them all pissed off to the point where they beat each other. They beat protesters. It's not good. It's not healthy. And I think when this is over, we'll look back and we'll think to ourselves, not anyone should be allowed to run for president, sadly. I think the last person in the world to run the United States is someone wealthy, because they live in an alternate reality."
FILTER's seventh studio album, "Crazy Eyes", will be released on April 8 via Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2013's "The Sun Comes Out Tonight" was produced by Patrick.
On "Crazy Eyes", Patrick collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999's seminal platinum-certified "Title Of Record", producer Ben Grosse (THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, MARILYN MANSON), and Michael "Blumpy" Tuller (NINE INCH NAILS). He also worked closely with new bandmates Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming), Ashley Dzerigian (bass), Chris Reeve (drums) and Bobby Miller (keyboards), plus former FILTER bandmates Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. Mixing, meanwhile, was taken care of by Brian Virtue (JANE'S ADDICTION, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, DEFTONES), with the mastering handled by Howie Weinberg (VAN HALEN, THE MARS VOLTA, THE WHITE STRIPES).