Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke in an interview with Landry Audio and he expressed his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again”.
He said that “my question is, when was America last great?”. Here’s the statement:
“My question has been, ever since I’ve seen that… I love the idea in theory, but my question is, when was [America last great]? ‘Make America Great Again’. When are they talking about? When do they want it to be like? When women couldn’t vote? Or blacks didn’t have the same rights as white people? I could go on and on with a list. I’m trying to figure out when they’re talking about — when is this time?”
He explains why he loves his country and said:
“Look, don’t get me wrong — I love my country; I love America and all the opportunities I’ve been afforded because I was lucky enough to be born as an American. I love it here. But you know what? I’m also a student of history; it’s something I’ve been a student of since I was a little kid, learning history in school, and then, of my own volition, going out and reading books.
In my short lifetime on this planet, I lived through a lot of crazy shit on this planet. And America, we’re a young country. I tend to think a lot of people like to think we’re the leaders of the world and all this crap, but you know what? We’re like a nine-year-old child compared to the rest of the world. We haven’t been around that long, and we’re a very, very young country.”
Talked about the slogan again and said:
“So, going back to that slogan, ‘Make America Great Again,’ I just feel like that’s a question that nobody can answer. If I was to pose that question to somebody: well, when was that? Maybe when we first got our independence from the British? But even then, everyone was slave owners at that point.
So, yeah, we gained our independence and everything that came with that, yet that was cool for white people. Pretty much anytime in the history of this country since 1776, it would be very easy to throw a wrench into the idea of ‘when America was great,’ because there’s always been a dark side — there’s always been that.
Look, I understand people have an idea of how they would love this country to be, but you’ve gotta remember what was really going on. When people look back and go, ‘Oh, things were so great back in the post-World War II 1950s,’ and then it would very easy to come up with a list of all the fucking things that were not good at that same time. Don’t get me started on civil rights.”
You can watch the entire interview from below.