First Megadeth's Dave Mustaine endorsed conservative Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Now, the heavy metaller has denied that Barack Obama was born in the United States, suggesting that the president was the beneficiary of a vast and "invisible" conspiracy.
Yes, Mustaine is a birther. Metallica's former guitarist staked out his paranoid, far-right credentials in an interview with Canadian chat show host George Stroumboulopoulos. "I have a lot of questions about [President Obama], but certainly not where he was born," Mustaine said. "I know he was born somewhere else than America."
Obama's "secret" past is the longtime obsession of America's birther movement, whose allegations provoked the president to release his Hawaiian-issued birth certificate in 2011. But that document is still not enough, apparently, for observers like Mustaine. "How come [Obama] was invisible until he became, uh, whatever he was in Illinois?" he asked. (Obama was previously a senator.) "They don't have any record of him."
Twenty years ago Mustaine was a Democrat, writing songs that attacked conservative politicians and accused Ronald Reagan's policies of "taking advantage of the nucleus of America". Today, he said, he is "kind of a 'vote for the lesser of two evils' kind of guy". Santorum is his pick for the presidency because the Pennsylvania politician looks "like he could be a really cool president", Mustaine explained, "kind of like a JFK kind of guy".
As for his general politics, Mustaine told Stroumboulopoulos, they are best articulated by a recent Megadeth song. "Surrender freedom, your social security," go the lyrics to We the People. "Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves. The land of liberty needs a regime change ... The illuminati, one world currency, one world religion, one world everything