After Controversial Comments Lauding Trump’s Speech as ‘Strong and Direct,’ Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Clarifies: ‘I Don’t Support Fascism’

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Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana known for his political leanings (an outspoken advocate of political reform, he briefly ran for office as a county clerk in Wahkiakum County in Washington state), surprised many this week with message purportedly posted to his personal Facebook page.

In the message, Novoselic praised the speech given by President Trump on Monday night regarding the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests currently going on in the United States. Per ABC News Radio:

“I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech,” Novoselic’s post read.

“The president should not be sending troops into states — and he legally might not be able to anyway — nevertheless, his tone in this speech is strong and direct,” he added.

Novoselic also blamed “leftist insurrection” for the violence during the protests, musing, “Imagine if so-called ‘patriot militias’ were raising this kind of hell? If this were the case, left wing people would welcome federal intervention.”

“Most Americans want peace in their communities and President Trump spoke to this desire,” the post concluded. “Never mind the legal details that few understand — Trump said he would stop the violence and this speaks to many.”

In an update on Wednesday morning, Krist Novoselic has apparently issued a further statement clarifying his original words that ruffled so many feathers — after deleting his original Facebook post and making his then-personal page private.

The Facebook page has now been made public again, and per Clash Music and the NME, Novoselic said this on Wednesday:

To clarify a few things: As an avowed independent, I don’t endorse a major party or candidate. And it feels insane to have to say this , but I don’t support fascism, and I don’t support an authoritarian state. I believe in a civilized society and that we all have to work toward that. Love and thanks to anyone who cares to read this.



He has also apparently deactivated his Twitter account over the whole ordeal.

The blowback from Novoselic’s original statement raised eyebrows, especially from those used to the messaging and themes of Nirvana’s music and overall aesthetic — not to mention Kurt Cobain‘s statements throughout the course of his short life. Additionally, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters took part in #BlackoutTuesday in a message of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement:

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