The ever controversial former Smiths frontman Morrissey has spoken out against presidential candidate Donald Trump, CNN, gunman Omar Mateen and addressed the situation following the fallout of the Orlando massacre.
Morrissey posted an open letter titled ‘Hate-rosexuality’ on his fan site ‘True To You’ in which he suggested Donald Trump’s reaction to the events in Orlando were ‘anti-gay’ and ‘pro gun possession’.
Here is a section from the letter: “Meanwhile, Donald Thump, probably America’s next President, reacts to the Orlando massacre by explaining how, if the people within the club were themselves armed with guns, then there would have been fewer casualties. This, of course, is his way of avoiding any words of support to the Orlando gay community (it is their own fault for going into a nightclub without hand grenades). Donald Thump would therefore probably claim that the massacred children of Sandy Hook would still be alive today if only they’d had the common sense to carry sawn-off shotguns to school. The Thump response to Orlando is therefore anti-gay and pro-gun possession. Ann Coulter will be waving her baseball cap and cheering. It’s all going so well for America!”
Morrissey has always been outspoken in his views towards politics, sexuality and animal rights but has perhaps never been so forthright in his political allegiances, singling out in particular democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of whom Morrissey is clearly a great admirer.
The singer described Sanders as being: “human, and one who unusually did not gain his position because of several billion invested dollars”. He also heavily criticised US news network CNN for not putting as much focus on Sanders preferring the more extreme and sensationalised views of republican candidate Trump.
He went on to say: “Clinton and Thump may be popular with the party faithful – but the party faithful aren’t that large, and are not America, therefore a sad day looms in November – a day that only Bernie Sanders could have saved – had he been allowed his rightful share of media support. But, clearly, the presidential election really is none of your business. Did you ever seriously think it was?”
The letter was accompanied by this youtube clip of Bernie Sanders: