- The Washington Times - Friday, January 19, 2018

U2’s new music video for “Get Out of Your Own Way” connects the Ku Klux Klan with President Trump.

The stop-motion animated video was developed by the Broken Fingaz Crew, an Israeli graffiti collective, who said the rise of fascism around the world was their main source of inspiration for the unsettling imagery.

In the video, Ku Klux Klan members march across the screen carrying torches as the president gazes from the Oval Office windows.

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“Fight back / Don’t take it lyin’ down, you got to bite back / The face of liberty’s starting to crack,” Bono sings. “She had a plan until she got a smack in the mouth / And it all went south / Like freedom / The slaves are lookin’ for someone to lead them / The master’s lookin’ for someone to need him / The promised land is there for those who need it most.”

Broken Fingaz Crew said in a statement that the video was a direct response to Trump-era politics.

“2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders who use people’s fear to build more walls and segregation,” they said. “The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation, and in the same way, we’ve combined our psychedelic pop style with political imagery.”

“Get Out of Your Own Way” is a single from U2’s 2017 album “Songs of Experience,” which saw a late release after the band decided to make the album more of a political commentary in the age of Mr. Trump.

Bono said last year that in “Get Out of Your Own Way,” he tried to use some biting irony to “reflect the anger out on the streets.”

“For the first time in many years, maybe in our lifetime, the moral arc of the universe, as Dr. King used to call it, was not bending in the direction of fairness, equality and justice for all,” the singer said in September of Mr. Trump’s election. “The baseness of political debate, the jingoism, the atavistic fervor of Trump’s verbiage reminded us that we were dreaming if we thought evolution applied to consciousness.

“Democracy is a blip in history and it requires a lot of focus and concentration to keep it intact,” he added.

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