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R.E.M.’s Mike Mills ‘will never forgive’ President Donald Trump

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills won’t ever forgive U.S. President Donald Trump for introducing divisive policies.
Bandmates Mills, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck amicably split in 2011, but recently reunited for a Q&A with NME magazine to promote a 25th anniversary reissue of their beloved 1992 album Automatic for the People.
Mills and Stipe were asked during the event on Thursday (09Nov17) if tracks from the album could be used to describe the political climate of America today, and the bassist had a scathing response.
“It’s a sad fact that that song is as relevant if not more so now than it was then, it’s really disheartening… It is a very chaotic mess of a song because that’s how we felt about the current political situation,” he said about the 1992 track Ignoreland.
“It’s not just who he (Donald Trump) is and what he represents. It’s what he’s done to the American political process. He has allowed stupidity to be the coin of the realm, he has allowed thinking that has been and should always be marginalised and on the edges to become almost part of the mainstream.”
The 58-year-old added that he will “never forgive” Trump for his controversial policies, and won’t stop speaking out against him either.
Frontman Stipe interjected: “I think you’re giving him too much credit. It’s really the Republicans who invited him to the table and then didn’t say, ‘Get the f**k out’. He’s just a bozo.”
“But he’s President Bozo,” Mills responded.
He later took to social media to clarify his comments to a disgruntled follower on Twitter. “Not sure I used “bozo”. But, I believe @realDonaldTrump is a treasonous criminal, and at best/least has damaged American political discourse possibly beyond repair. Not even about D (Democrats) vs R (Republicans) at this point,” he wrote on Saturday (11Nov17).

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