Yahoo reports former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic caught so much flak for expressing support for President Donald Trump this week that he temporarily switched his Facebook page to private and deleted his Twitter account entirely. The backlash occurred after a screenshot of a pro-Trump post on Novoselic’s personal Facebook account started to make the social media rounds.
Novoselic was commenting on Trump’s “law and order” speech — the president’s first public remarks since the police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide protests over the weekend. During that Monday evening press conference, Trump said he would “mobilize all available federal resources, civilian, and military, to stop the rioting and looting” and then posed in front of a nearby church while holding a Bible. The scene sparked all sorts of comments on social media, but Nirvana fans probably didn’t expect one of the positive comments to come from the ex-bandmate of Kurt Cobain.
“Wow!!! I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech,” Novoselic wrote in a lengthy statement, which can be read in full above. While Novoselic agreed that “the president should not be sending troops into states – and he legally might not be able to anyway – nevertheless, his tone in this speech is strong and direct.”
Novoselic continued: “I have been watching the images in the media and thinking about how polarized our country is. I mean, even wearing medical masks in public can be seen as a political statement! The violence (and not the protests) appear as a leftist insurrection. Imagine if so-called ‘patriot militias’ were raising this kind of hell? If this were the case, left wing people would welcome federal intervention. Most Americans want peace in their communities and President Trump spoke to this desire. Never mind the legal details that few understand — Trump said he would stop the violence and this speaks to many.”
While Novoselic has apparently quit Twitter, at least for the time being, angry fans have continued to post their disillusionment regarding the grunge icon’s statement.
Poor dude totally misunderstood what it meant when Trump said he loved Bleach. https://t.co/bulmsBpsXi
— PJ Vogt (@PJVogt) June 2, 2020
Kurt used to tell stories about how he would go vandalize cars in conservative towns by spray painting “God is Gay”. Hard to believe he’d be in favor of the military to counter vandalism. But who knows. Money and fame change people when they become the elite.
— Tyler James (@tylerliamjames) June 3, 2020