- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2017

Tom Araya, the frontman of the California thrash metal band Slayer, used the band’s official Instagram account Wednesday to bash the overly sensitive “snowflakes” who criticized a Photoshopped photo he posted of the band with President Trump.

Mr. Araya reposted the photo, which showed the president smiling and giving a metal horns hand gesture, after he said it was mysteriously deleted from the Slayer account on Inauguration day.

“Believe it or not this picture was posted by me Tom Araya on 1/20 cause I thought it was funny,” the bassist and lead singer wrote. “I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in 2 hours there was 10,000 likes.

“But i never would have guessed that there where so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president. Like him or not he is the president,” he added. “[W]oke up the next morning and found someone had deleted the post … can some one please explain why…?”

According to a statement Slayer provided to Rolling Stone, it may have been Mr. Araya’s own bandmates who deleted the post.

“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,” the band’s statement said. “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.”

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Further down in the comments section of Mr. Araya’s post — which garnered more than 32,000 likes and remained on Slayer’s account as of Friday afternoon — the frontman acknowledged that the original posting must have been deleted by someone with access to the account.

The music website Stereogum took issue with one particular comment from Mr. Araya in the comments section, where he wrote, “[Vice President] Mike pence turning fruits into vegtables [sic],” in an apparent reference to gay people.

This isn’t the first time Mr. Araya has sparked the ire of his more liberal fans. In June of last year, he gave a speech during a Switzerland concert advocating for private gun ownership.

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