SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor has ramped up his attacks on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, accusing the billionaire of "ugly bigotry and racism."
"The thing that bothered me was that people were taking Trump seriously," Taylor tells RollingStone.com in a new interview. "I'm not going to let that [racism] stand. I may have bullshitted myself into thinking we were a little further ahead when it comes to race, but what we're seeing right now is a lot of the far right fringe coming out of the woodwork and wearing their hatred right on their sleeves. That cannot be what our legacy is. Too many people died during the Civil War, during the Civil Rights Movement. We should not be asking, 'Jesus Christ, what decade is this? How is this okay?'"
Taylor also criticized Trump for bringing his grudge-match with the media to an extremely dangerous level for freedom of the press.
"Did you see the video of a Secret Service agent choke-slamming the reporter?" he asks RollingStone.com's Kory Grow, referring to footage that came out Monday. "What country is this exactly? And the fact that [Trump] absolutely bulldozes his way through questions instead of answering them, it brings such a horrific reaction to people. It's shocking that nothing is sticking to him. I want to encourage people to stand up for freedom of speech, but as much as I would love to not hear anyone talk the way that Donald Trump does, unfortunately, freedom of speech covers him, too."
Taylor recently told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine that he supports Bernie Sanders because "honestly, just based on everything that I've read, everything that I've heard. I haven't done a lot of research on his voting record or what he's done, but I love the fact that he's been an independent for years. The only reason he's joined the Democratic party is because, apparently, you have to be a part of one of those parties to be taken seriously, which I don't really like; it's a very corporate way to kind of deal with the President of the United States. But I love the guts that he has to really stand up and talk about things other than the hot-button issues that the Republicans and Democrats think matter. It seems like all of those issues are designed to put fear into people, and the things that Sanders is talking about has everything to do with trying to bring people together, and how to right wrongs, and how to bring real democracy back. And I can't speak for anyone else, but I think that's more encouraging than discouraging."
In an interview with The Guardian conducted last month, Corey described the current election cycle as "a fucking mess." He said: "The only thing I can really compare it with was when the whole governor fiasco was going on in California, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won, and when everyone and his mother announced themselves as candidates. The fact that Donald Trump is still is viable candidate makes me want to eat my fucking shoes. There are too many candidates focused on dividing us, and not enough talking about bringing us together. And that's one of the reasons why I support Bernie Sanders. And I will never support anyone who uses racism as a passive-aggressive way to win votes."