Anarchy in the US: Johnny Lydon on Trump and Brexit

Johnny Lydon is the frontman in one of the most controversial bands of all time, the Sex Pistols. The man who made anarchy popular expressed support to Donald Trump and Brexit earlier this morning while promoting his limited edition new book, Mr. Rotten’s Songbook, on Good Morning Britain. He compared the current president to his old band the Sex Pistols because of the anti-establishment vibe coming from Donald Trump and his administration.

“The Donald. He’s a complicated fellow, as one journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol?”

Punk music is meant to bring destruction against the system. “God Save the Queen, a fascist regime.” These lyrics show that he is not a fan of the establishment. Something his entire career was built on.

A couple of years ago, Mr. Lydon became an American citizen because he said he believed in President Obama and said he saw that he has a way forward. A couple of weeks ago on Conan, he described his distaste for the what he called the “crazy loony monster party,” a reference to his distaste towards Republicans and the Trump administration. In 2015 he went as far to tell Americans “Don’t you dare vote Donald Trump.”

However, Mr. Lydon has been way more positive towards America than his native-born country, the UK. He described on Conan how much he is proud to be an American. With these two contradicting quotes in a matter of weeks, it seems he disagrees with the current administration’s policies, but respects anyone who dares to go against the establishment in the way that Trump has done. 

He also elaborated that there’s “many, many problems with him [Trump] as a human being but he’s not [racist], and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians. This is joy to behold for me. Dare I say, [he could be] a possible friend.” The 61-year-old rocker is taking a stance that is going to upset many, even though he does explain his disdain for some of Trump’s views. Him saying anything positive about the current president could possibly lead to accusations of being a “white supremacist.”

He also shared his view on Brexit by simply saying that “The working class has spoken. I’m one of them, and I’m with them.” This goes along with Lydon’s views that have been consistently held throughout his entire career of being a voice for the voiceless and the blue-collar worker. And, of course, his love for anarchy and hate for the establishment is still there.

What are your thoughts on Lydon’s comments about Trump and Brexit?