Published Mar 27, 2017John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) fronted both the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd as an angry young man, but he's now made the complete transition to grumpy old man by backing English politician Nigel Farage and his Brexit vote in a new interview.
Politico reports that the vocalist spoke in favour of Farage and Brexit this morning (March 27) in a TV news interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain.
"The working class have spoken and I'm one of them and I'm with them," Lydon said. When asked about Farage's nautical encounter with Bob Geldof before the Brexit vote, he said, "I wanted to shake his hand because it was silly beyond belief."
Doubling down on the right-wing commentary, Lydon was also asked for his thoughts on United States President Donald Trump. The vocalist admitted that Trump was a "complicated fellow," but blamed the "left-wing media" for branding the reality television host a racist.
"There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he's not that [racist] and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians," Lydon said before adding, "This is a joy to behold for me. Dare I say, [Trump could be] a possible friend."
Oddly enough, Lydon's stance appeared to be different only days ago when he was interviewed by the New York Times. Author Dave Itzkoff asked Lydon whether or not conservatism was the new punk rock, as you can see below.