Ahead of his fervently anti-Trump appearance at last weekend’s FYF Fest, onetime Smiths frontman, solo artist, and habitual line-crosser Morrissey did an e-mail interview with the Daily Beast, where he made it clear how Obama “has meant nothing,” Trump “can’t be allowed to represent America” (can’t argue with him there), why the U.S. police are the new KKK, and more. Below, we’ve rounded up the most Morrissey quotes for your scrolling needs.
1. “I can’t see [Obama] doing anything at all for the black community… “
“…except warning them that they must respect the security forces. This is ludicrous because the so-called security forces are the Ku Klux Klan to most black Americans. It seems evident to me that black males are being deliberately murdered throughout America as a closing message to Obama, telling him that his presidency has meant nothing and that the division of color is now bigger than ever. Obama doesn’t see this, but if a white cop shot one of his daughters I don’t imagine he’d be willing to accept the exoneration of that white cop.”
2. “I am wryly amused by all of these tough cop reality programs on American TV…”
“…because it’s always white cops arresting the black or Hispanic poor, yet you don’t ever see the cops frisking a crooked lawyer or chasing a middle-class accountant who’s robbed millions from clients. It’s always the extreme poor who are targeted by the cops because the poor have no influential friends and therefore can’t retaliate, and the cops know that they can play about with poor people.”
3. “[Obama] doesn’t look overly African black.”
“He’s as close to soft whiteness as someone who isn’t white could get, and I often wonder if he would have been elected if he had a stronger, more African-black face? It’s a point.”
4. Hillary Clinton “has no competition” in the Democratic race.
“I think she shows an earnest composure, whereas all of the Republican candidates are dangerously reactionary and occasionally insane. I don’t think Clinton has even begun to dig into the race yet, and when she does she will gain massive support. The world does not want to look at Donald Trump’s face for the years to come.”
5. “British politics will never again trust a woman because of [Margaret] Thatcher.”
“And, in actual fact, it hasn’t.”