Musician David Crosby gave a concert in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, but the interview that was posted on the Tampa Bay Times’ website on Wednesday and published in the Sunday print edition focused not as much on music but the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States.
“Ask David Crosby how he's feeling in the wake of the Election That Changed Everything, and you'd better settle in deep for his answer,” the reporter wrote to open his interview with the man who founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash and who is still recording albums and giving concerts at 75.
Crosby clearly did not vote for Trump, and in fact, said his election “maybe worse” than the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by radical Islamic terrorists in Washington, D.C., New York City and Pennsylvania that killed almost 3,000 innocent people.
"Now, okay, it isn't Pearl Harbor," Crosby said. "It's about as bad as 9/11, or maybe worse, because the consequences are much longer-reaching.
“So it's really devastatingly bad,” he said.
Crosby also said that everybody but “fat, white guys” would suffer under a Trump presidency.
"I feel very badly for our country,” he said. “I feel very badly for the women in our country, who just got kicked in the gut, or some other part of the anatomy.
“I feel really badly for, let's see, just about everybody but fat, white males,” Crosby said. “I certainly wouldn't want to be a Muslim in America right now.
“I think all of the blacks and Latinos are thinking, Holy s---, they pulled the rug out from underneath us again!" Crosby said, who then weighed in on climate change and foreign policy.
"You live in Florida? Tampa?” Crosby asked the reporter. “Well, the prediction is you're going to go underwater, and this guy doesn't believe that."
"[Trump] is so stupid that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin can play him like a piano, and will,” Crosby said.
Crosby said he considers himself an “activist” and said that America is racist, comparing it to a festering wound “and Trump tore the scab off.”
Crosby, however, differs from most of his left-wing musical colleagues by opposing gun control laws.
“Here's the thing: No matter what your moral stance is about guns, you have to understand, if you back off and disconnect from the emotions connected to it, it's just a piece of metal with some expanding gas throwing another piece of metal,” he said.
“It doesn't have any goodness or badness to it. It's the person holding the gun. And you can't give me enough background checks or restraints on selling guns. That's totally fine with me. What we have to do is somehow work on saning up the people that have got them, and that's a matter of education. And the people in charge have been dumbing down the education as much as they can to make people more controllable. And it works,” Crosby said.
The reporter finally gets around to asking Crosby about his new album “Lighthouse,” although not many details emerge.
Crosby also weighed in on the possibility of a 50-year anniversary Woodstock concert in 2019.
“Not going to happen, buddy,” Crosby said.
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