A day after Slayer’s lead singer and bassist Tom Araya shared a photoshopped image of the band with Donald Trump to the group’s Instagram account along with homophobic and other offensive comments, the band issued a statement to Rolling Stone condemning Araya’s posting.
“As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page,” the group said. “We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.”
Rolling Stone also notes that last summer Slayer guitarist Kerry King told the magazine that he’s supported Hillary Clinton and called Trump “the biggest liar I’ve ever seen in politics.”
“Trump is just a sideshow,” he said at the time. “I’m not even going to apologize to all the Trump followers. I think the reason he’s so popular is because he’s like the politics version of WWE. He’s sensational like wrestling and that’s why middle America loves him.”