- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2020

Punk icon John Lydon, the former Sex Pistols frontman who recently endorsed President Trump‘s reelection campaign, said the Democratic Party will slowly but effectively “stifle the living daylights” out of Americans.

In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Mr. Lydon, formerly “Johnny Rotten,” slammed the left’s culture of political correctness and rush to take the “moral high ground.”

“I think that the rule books must be thrown out. Once you go down that current Democratic Party way, there’s no return from that,” he said. “It’s slowly but surely rule after rule after rule that will stifle the living daylights out of you.”

“More power to him,” Mr. Lydon, who became a U.S. citizen in 2013, said of Mr. Trump.

“I met him once. I know, what an offensive fella. But he went into politics as the complete individual. That’s what we want,” he said. “I don’t like politicians really, generally speaking, not many of them at all. I don’t trust of them. He broke that system, that Washington criminality that’s caused the problems for all of us in the first place.

“I became an American citizen because I believed that [former President Barack] Obama could change the world for a better place and I truly believed that at the time,” he said. “I was very disappointed in eight years how little was actually achieved.”

Mr. Lydon, whose band the Sex Pistols was repeatedly censored by the British government, said he understands what it’s like to go against the mainstream.

“I feel for [Mr. Trump] in that respect because I’ve enjoyed the same hate, the same misunderstanding,” he said. “You know, we go back to early punk — Pistols, PiL, everything I’ve done in my life. I know what it’s like to stand up for what you think is right and to have to endure that that continuous barrage of self-righteous, smug, pompous, condescending, ‘We know better’ nonsense. I know what that’s like.”

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