Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a fan of Donald Trump, although not necessarily his politics specifically.
Corgan, who is generally considered on the left of the ideological spectrum, appreciates the way first-time candidate Trump is creating chaos among the political establishment as well as getting ordinary Americans interested in the upcoming national election.
According to all the current polling data, Trump, a bombastic businessman and ex-reality TV star, is the unconventional front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in the 2016 election, while also generating enthusiasm to this point among independents and some Democrats.
A new poll out today suggests that Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton (assuming scandals don’t prevent her from getting the Democrat nomination) in the November 2016 general election by 45 to 40 percent. Trump would also defeat Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden by similar margins.
While also disagreeing with his politics, Bill Maher is another liberal celebrity who has spoken approvingly of Trump’s candidacy, and in Maher’s case referring to the real estate mogul as a politically incorrect genius.
Corgan gave his just-surfacing views about Trump in Cincinnati last month during a Q&A while on tour with his band, according to Alternative Nation, in which he referenced that August 6 GOP debate on the Fox News Channel as well as similarities to what’s going on in the music industry.
“I think what’s cool, and I’m not saying I agree politically, but I think what’s cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can’t control this… whatever that control is. It’s like the music business, everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that f***s it all up. So I think it’s good that he’s f*****g it up, because whether or not he’s the guy, obviously the political class doesn’t want him there, it’ll open it up to a bigger dialogue. Just like rock and roll, it gets boring and it needs to be — I mean look, whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million. It was eight times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. It was highest non-sports related cable rating of all time. That means people are engaged… I would argue at this point is there any difference between politics and entertainment? Is there any difference at this point between music and entertainment? I don’t think there’s any difference any more…”
In 2012, when Donald Trump was still better known as the Celebrity Apprentice host, Billy Corgan claimed that he doesn’t lean left or right and that his ideological views have evolved. “It’s very weird to me that the left has become the old right. I certainly can’t identify with that left anymore, because I see that now as the party of be quiet and get in line,” Breitbart News reported.
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