SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Mark Heylmun opened up about his political views during a lengthy interview with Australia’s “Scars And Guitars” podcast.
“Traveling throughout America, dare I say it feels like we are not one country.”
“It feels like there’s such a divide in the kinds of people that we have. And I don’t wanna bash the Bible Belt, or the middle of America, but the difference between them and the people on the coasts — that’s where all the blue is, and there’s a massive divide, and that’s where [Donald] Trump wins. It’s just a different spot. I don’t know how else to put it. It feels different. Same with Texas. I feel like Texas could be its own freakin’ country.”
Saying that he is “all for” Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist candidate competing in the Democratic primaries, Heylmun predicted:
“I think if Bernie can take this one, that’s gonna change, I think, the viewpoint of how people are looking at the United States, ’cause right now we’re out of it, dude.”
Heylmun also weighed in on the widespread belief that much in the 2020 political environment and in Trump‘s campaign tactics point toward a replay of his upset victory.
“Well, anybody is better than Trump,” Mark said.
“That’s pretty much how it’s gonna go. And if Trump wins again, I very well could just leave America.”
According to Heylmun, Trump‘s 2016 victory and possible re-election could be the start of a new era of celebrity politics in America.
“It’s only get weirder, dude,” he said.
“We really living in that sort of era. And I wouldn’t doubt that Trump‘s influence on celebrities… I almost feel like more celebrities are gonna be running for president in the next decade.”