Metallica frontman on Trump: 'I hate politics'
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Metallica frontman James Hetfield says he hates politics because it “separates” and “polarizes people.”

When asked his opinion on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE, Hetfield tells Chile’s La Tercera, “Everyone has one, but I’ll keep mine to myself.”

“I’m an artist, a singer who plays the guitar in a band,” Hetfield says in the interview published this week. “I hate politics, I don’t want to talk about politics. That separates people and I want to connect them with music.”


“I prefer to stay away from all of that, because it polarizes people, because if I say, ‘I hate Trump’ or ‘I love Trump,’ someone will think, ‘I don’t like his music anymore.’ It’s silly. So I like to keep it about music,” Hetfield says.

When asked if we’re living in a “new America,” the 53-year-old “Enter Sandman” singer replies, “It always is when someone new takes over, but it has to do with balance: you have the left, you have the right, and sometimes it goes one and then the other.”

“Being in the middle is always the best,” Hetfield adds.

Hetfield’s bandmate, drummer Lars Ulrich, was one of several performers last year who said they might move out of the country if Trump was elected president. Ulrich, who was born in Denmark, said he would consider heading back home if Trump won the White House.