Staind frontman and solo artist Aaron Lewis went on one hell of a rant during a show on March 17 at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, OH. Lewis ranted against the current political climate in the United States because launching into a brief segment about how "maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying." You know, the guy in charge of the merciless attack on Ukraine that's killing innocent civilians (at least 900) and destroying a country completely, causing global turmoil. That guy.
I mean, come on. We all have our political affiliations and opinions, but saying we should listen to Putin and then questioning why the world is trying to protect Ukraine while implying there's some ulterior motive for doing so is just… well, fucking insane and tone deaf to the nth degree.
The following is a transcription courtesy of MetalSucks.
“So, I’m not gonna go into some big get-myself-in-trouble dissertation. All I’m gonna say is this: question everything. Everything that they’re telling you right now is a lie. Everything.
"We need to come to grips with something, people. This is our country. We own the most corrupt country in the world. So my question is, what are we gonna do about it? Because we put these people where they sit, to become corrupt and to sell us out all for their gain and not for ours. They're supposed to represent us, not themselves. And they're all guilty of it — 90 percent of 'em.
"I don't know who's worse — the Democrats that are trying to destroy this country or the Republicans that sit idly by while they do so. They all need to be removed. We need to start voting for people that aren't lifetime politicians because those are the most lecherous, snake-in-the-grass pieces of shit that you can ever possibly put into power.
"The next governor needs to be you. The next senator needs to be you. We need to pick from our peers, people — people that have good ideas that we can stand behind; not these fucking snake oil salesmen that tell us everything we wanna hear. And until we wake up, this country is going off the cliff, people.
“We have no order. We have no president. Every single day that goes by, we lose standing in the world. Everyone’s laughing at us. Everyone is positioning themselves against us. And it’s not us — it’s the government that we put in power. These are the people that are making us look bad throughout the entire world — the same people that have you convinced that we all need to support Ukraine even though all of their money laundering systems, all of their everything, the way that they get all their kickbacks and they wash everything is all through the Ukraine.
"…You know, as fucked up as it sounds, maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying. Maybe, just maybe, when Klaus Schwab and George Soros and every other dirty fucking earth-destroying motherfucker all jumps on the same bandwagon, maybe, just maybe we should fucking take a good look at that. Why are they trying to protect Ukraine so much? What do they all have to lose?"
Video is available below of possibly one of the worst takes of 2022.