Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has revealed himself to be a supporter of Brexit and defender of Donald Trump, saying the US President was definitely not racist and could even be a “possible friend”.
The man known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, who once wrote the now aptly-named ‘Anarchy in the UK’, also described Nigel Farage as “fantastic”.
“Where do I stand on Brexit?” he asked during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “Well, here it goes, the working class have spoke and I’m one of them and I’m with them.”
On Mr Trump, the 61-year-old singer said he was a “complicated fellow” who had been “smeared” by the “left-wing media”.
“One journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol? In a way.
“What I dislike is the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist and that’s completely not true.
“There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he’s not that and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians.
“This is a joy to behold for me. Dare I say, [he could be] a possible friend.”
Lydon was correct to link class to the Brexit vote, as research conducted after the June referendum found areas with higher levels of people from the DE social class also recorded higher ‘Leave’ votes.
Only three of the top 50 areas with the highest share of people from DE class backgrounds – which includes semi-skilled or unskilled labour and pensioners - voted to Remain.
Mr Farage caught the attention of Lydon after a stunt on the River Thames involving Bob Geldof, the former Ukip leader and a ‘Brexit flotilla’ comprising 60 vessels.
Mr Geldof and Mr Farage, who took to the water in separate boats and on opposite sides of the Brexit debate, clashed during the ‘battle for the Thames’, exchanging insults in what were the closing stages of the EU referendum campaign.
Lydon said: “After that up-the-River-Thames argument he had with Bob Geldof I wanted to shake his [Mr Farage’s] hand because it was silly beyond belief.”
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