I’m not sure what they’re putting on metallers’ riders these days, but a lot of them seem fixated on ideas that Barack Obama is a puppet of The Illuminati. Korn frontman Jonathan Davies was at it last year, now Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has made similar claims. In fact, he’s gone one step further and made it known that he’s a member of the Birther movement.
The Birthers, should you be unaware of them, believe that Obama wasn’t actually born in the United States (therefore making him ineligible for the US presidency) and has some secret past that’s being hidden from us all. This despite the fact that Obama released his Hawaiian birth certificate last year and had its authenticity confirmed by authorities on the island, which is very much a US state. That Obama should even have to do such a thing shows how absolutely mental US politics is.
Now Mustaine joins Donald Trump on the list of people in the public eye who subscribe to what seems like a rather elaborate attempt to hide racist views. The guitarist (Mustaine, not Trump) told
Canadian chat show host George Stroumboulopoulos last week: “I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born. I know he was born somewhere else than America”.
Showing how firm his understanding of politics and deep his research into it is, Mustaine added: “How come [Obama] was invisible until he became, uh, whatever he was in Illinois? They don’t have any record of him”.
The “whatever” Mustaine refers to is Obama’s role as State Senator of Illinois, a job he was elected to in 1996. I’m not sure who “they” are, but they should probably update their records, because there’s quite a lot of information on what Obama did prior to holding that position, him being a major public figure and all.
You can watch the full interview here: