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Anthrax’s Charlie Benante: Maybe Donald Trump Is Sabotaging the Republican Party

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The Presidential election race continues to pick up steam as candidates from all parties continue their campaigns in hope of being selected to represent their political faction. Republican candidate Donald Trump has dominated headlines for a multitude of reasons, which has led to musicians taking sides, mostly opposing the real estate mogul. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is the latest to throw his proverbial hat into the ring, offering skepticism on the race and the future of the United States.

“There is a very scary vibe going on in our country and I’m almost afraid to even talk about it because of the division that there is,” Benante began telling Metalholic. Touring the world for over three decades, the drummer has a global concern, saying, “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know, if say a Donald Trump does become president of our country—I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know how it’s going to be perceived globally.”

Emphasizing his uncertainty, Benante speculated, “You may see an uprising, a very scary uprising in America that… I don’t know, man. It’s a very scary time. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Maybe this whole Donald Trump thing is meant to destroy the Republican party, what it’s become. Maybe this is what he’s trying… Because he was a Democrat, and he went over to the Republican party. Maybe this is… He’s sabotaging them without them even knowing it.”

“Things have been heating up and heating up,” Benante said in reference to the division between Republicans and Democrats. Expressing his thoughts on the current state of politics, he continued, “I always thought that the Republicans never gave Obama a bit of a chance to really do things. And, of course, even me just saying that, if people read what I just said, they would come down hard on me for saying that, because they hate Obama so much. And, I mean, he has done some things that have been good, but other people would look at it as, ‘No. He’s the worst.’ But I don’t think anyone was as [bad] as the way George [W.] Bush f–ked this country over. And these Republicans don’t even acknowledge that — that he f–ked this country up so much. He put us in a war that we didn’t have to be in. And I truly think that ISIS and all that is because of that whole situation.”

Looking ahead to the future, Benante cautions, “[Our children] are gonna have to deal with this mess too, when we’re all gone and our grandchildren, or whatever, are here to deal with this mess too. I don’t know, man. I don’t know how it can be saved, because it’s so divided and scary.”

Earlier this week, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian condemned the whole political system, stating, “I don’t have a candidate. I don’t subscribe to any political party. I think they’re all full of crap. I think all politics is bulls–t. I don’t subscribe to any of it. As a complete outsider, this is the worst, craziest circus I’ve ever seen in my life, and I thought it was bad last time.”

Anthrax just released their 11th full length, For All Kings on Feb. 26, featuring standout cuts like “Evil Twin” and “Breathing Lightning.”

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