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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Frontman & Drummer Share Differing Views on Bernie Sanders On Social Media


Bernie Sanders is currently the frontrunner to win the Democratic nomination for this year's US presidential election. As such, the self-described democratic socialist has become the topic of conversation amongst many folks, and today two members of System of A Down shared differing views on the Vermont senator, almost within an hour of each other.

First, drummer John Dolamayan posted a message criticizing Sanders and likening him to Nazi Germany, which seems like a bad way to make an argument when the person in question has family that died in the Holocaust. Dolamayan

“Childcare / free , healthcare / free, university/ free. Fuck it , if everything’s going to be free and it’s all going to come from the rich anyway then why work at all? Why not just live off the work and profits of the rich? I’m a millionaire and so is Bernie but I only have two houses so maybe I can share this hypocrite’s ‘summer camp’. Don’t believe the indoctrination, don’t believe Hollywood/ music elites , and don’t believe communism disguised as democratic socialism will do anything but strip you of your freedoms and make everyone equally destitute. Venezuela, China, North Korea , Nazi Germany, Cambodia (Pol Pot) , Italy ( Mussolini ) , etc. It doesn’t work , it will not work , and it always leads to poverty for the working class. The same elites pushing this agenda will be well taken care of while the rest of the people starve.”

It is not clear how offering folks free healthcare and free state college equates to taking away people's freedoms. Sanders has laid out that he would pay for these initiatives by mostly taxing folks who make tens of millions of dollars.

One person who is a fan of Sanders' initiatives is System of A Down frontman Serj Tankian.

An hour after Dolmayan shared his post, Tankian shared a screenshot of a Newsweek article that pointed out that Sanders is the first presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, to win the popular vote in the first three early voting states. Tankian shared the post from official Bernie camp adding "Oh yeah!!!"

It's not clear if Tankian's post was a subtle jab at his bandmate, or just a coincidence. Dolmayan has been poking the bear a bit about System of A Down not being able to come together on releasing new music.

They will be seeing plenty of each other in the next few months, as they have the following dates lined up:

05/22 Los Angeles, CA — Banc of Hollywood Stadium [Tickets]
05/23 Los Angeles, CA — Banc of Hollywood Stadium [Tickets]
06/03 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome [Tickets]
06/05-07 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring [Tickets]
06/06-07 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park [Tickets]
06/08 Berlin, GER – Waldbuhne [Tickets]
06/10-13 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock Festival [Tickets]
06/14 Donington, UK – Download Festival [Tickets]
06/16 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena [Tickets]
06/17 Budapest, HUN – Laszlo Papp Sports Arena [Tickets]
06/19 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion [Tickets]
06/23 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe [Tickets]
06/25-27 Seinäjoki, FIN – Provinssirock Festival [Tickets]
06/30 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena [Tickets]
07/01-04 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Fest [Tickets]
07/02-03 Lisbon, POR – VOA Heavy Rock Festival [Tickets]

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