Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has never been one to entirely conceal his displeasure in President Donald Trump. Now, the rocker has harvested those feelings in "Trump Sucks," an original rap song he composed and performed.
The musical style's a change of pace for the guitarist more accustomed to shredding thrash metal or playing jazz. On "Trump Sucks," Skolnick's rhythmic criticism of the president rides a beat that contains elements of funk. Lyrically, the song touches on multiple points of concern regarding the Trump administration.
The subject matter itself is somewhat familiar territory for the guitarist who frequently uses social media to voice his opinion about politics and other topics. Earlier this year, Skolnick shared a pointed message for anti-maskers who refuse to don helpful face coverings amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But it was the coming election that ignited the Testament member's creativity this past weekend. The musician composed, recorded and filmed a video for "Trump Sucks" in the span of a few hours on Sunday (Sept. 27). The hip-hop protest song was the result of Trump supporters' responses to Skolnick's exhortations to vote this Nov. 3 in a post where the guitarist said it's "more urgent than ever [that] we vote out" the president.
"You know, the other day I did a social media post, it was about voter turnout," Skolnick says at the top of the clip shared on Monday (Sept. 28). "[I was] expressing how I feel — politely. You MAGA people were so responsive you inspired me to write this song; this is dedicated to you."
Read the lyrics to "Trump Sucks" and watch's Skolnick's video performance below.
We got a bad situation all across the nation
The White House is under occupation
And liberation from this administration
Is needed right now, no time for vacation
No regulation for clean air and water
He got to office and installed his own daughter
She serves no purpose except for appearance
Initially denied a security clearance
Her husband, Jared, is even worse yet
Shady ties, analyzed as a security threat
Vladimir Putin got Trump in his pocket
Kim Jong-un just launched another rocket
I haven't even mentioned Betsy DeVos
Wilbur Ross and their cost and the lives that were lost
Abomination, an epic fail
Just like Bannon and Flynn, he belongs in Jail
I'm not kidding around
He's like a game show clown
He took a hatchet took the Hatch Act
Breakin' them laws, violating the Emoluments Clause
Sycophants and cronies keep him in power
Pissing on our norms like a golden shower
A life failing upward, not a heavy lifter
An upscale, slumlord, two-bit grifter
You may be someone that we cannot sway
But for me, there's only one thing left to say
He is not your friend
I guess I gotta say it again
And this could be America's end
He's gonna cheat all he can, he will not rest
Disrupt the post office, use Kanye West
When the polls close and the people choose
He's gonna claim 'voter fraud' or say 'It's all fake news!'
You like this guy? Because he's rich?
Just like Bill Maher said, Trumps a 'whiny little bitch'
Lying and tweeting and interrupting, always grouchy
Contradicting scientists, even Dr. Fauci
So what'll we do? No time to sit and gloat
Call you friends and family, everybody's gotta vote
We're not kidding around
He's trying to bring our democracy down
Just like the mob, it's a family of crown
Let's say it one more time
Alex Skolnick, "Trump Sucks"
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