Pennsylvania’s witnessed both US President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump say their pieces, against and in support of MAGA Republicans. Dropkick Murphys’ frontman Ken Casey has made his opinions known in a fiery address to the audience during a performance which took place at the same time as Biden’s primetime speech.
“You’re being duped by the greatest swindler in the history of the world. You’re being duped by a bunch of grifters and billionaires who don’t give a sh*t about you or your family”, the 53-year-old singer and bassist for the Boston Celtic punk group said.
He explained how people buying the MAGA or Make America Great Again hats were part of the problem.
“If you consider yourself a patriot and you’re spouting out that election-denying sh*t, I will fight your ass outside if you want to”, he added.
The concert took place on Thursday, at Allentown Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. The state is gearing up for a heated senate race between Trump-backed candidate Dr Mehmet Oz and the Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
Casey, in his speech on “swindlers” and “grifters” who are looking for a “tax break”, seems to be targeting Trump, though the 45th president of the US is never explicitly mentioned.
While Casey has been politically outspoken in the past, he’s not the only musician to take issue with Trump’s campaign. Several others like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Heart of Gold Singer Neil Young have also spoken out against the then-president.
Young slammed Trump’s use of his song Rockin in the Free World to announce his presidential candidacy and extended support to Democrat contender, Bernie Sanders.
Morello, the RATM guitarist, introduced folk singer Ryan Harvey’s Old Man Trump song, saying “I’m standing up against Old Man Trump. When it comes to race relations, he’s like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy, he’s like an old-school napalmist. When it comes to women’s issues, he’s like a frat house rapist. So let’s not elect that guy.” Ironically, several MAGA Republicans had chosen to express themselves through RATM’s Killing in the Name Of, again drawing sharp criticism from Morello and the opposition.