Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine speaking to the crowd prior to performing the song "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" during the band's November 16 concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey can be seen below.
"When you go home tonight, I want you to do me a favor, I want you to look up online the word 'secede,' because right now, right now, there are 47 states in the United States of America that wanna secede from the United States of America," Mustaine can be heard saying in the clip. "And what 'secede' actually means is that they don't wanna have any part of this bullshit anymore. Whether you are a Democract or a Republican or a Libertarian or an Independent, it doesn't matter. What matters is that we're Americans and we are not being treated right."
He continued, "Did you hear that the people that make Twinkies today are going out of business after 82 years. Hostess. No more Twinkies. [laughs] Although that kind of sounds a little funny, it's really sad. It's an institution, 82-year-old institution — they are going out of business because of this bullshit that is going on right now in the government. And what that means is that means 18,000 more people are going on unemployment and it's gonna be your responsibility to pay for them. It's just not fair, it's just not fair. One thing that would happen if I was president is I would treat you like you were my own."