The picture, which shows the band with a fake, photoshopped image of President Trump, was first posted on the official Slayer Instagram page on January 20, but was then removed.
On January 25 the image was again posted on the band’s Instagram page, this time with a caption provided by Araya (ellipses in the original):
Believe it or not this picture was posted by me Tom Araya on 1/20 'cause I thought it was funny. I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in two hours there was 10,000 likes ... But I never would have guessed that there [were] so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president. Like him or not he is the president ... Woke up the next morning and found someone had deleted the post ... Can someone please explain why...?"
Shortly after, Slayer issued an official statement about the post to Rolling Stone:
As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page. We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.
Araya also left a reply in the comments section of the Instagram post (ellipses in the original): "Thanks ... to everybody that has commented thanks for insight... this is how fake news gets started, not once did I say that I supported Trump... and assuming I speak for the band you are mistaking [sic] .. the picture did exactly what I thought it would do... piss some of you off." (Image: Slayer/Instagram/Screen Capture)