Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters called Donald Trump “pig-ignorant” and an example of “American exceptionalism gone crazy.”
"His ideas [are] not outlandish at all,” Waters told Rolling Stone on the eve of the second Republican presidential debate. “It's American exceptionalism gone crazy and delivered under the umbrella of absolute ignorance.”
“He is pig-ignorant and he always was and he always will be. He lives in the illusion that he's admirable in some way. And obviously for somebody like me, he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society,” Waters said.
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd performs with My Morning Jacket and Lucius during the 2015 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park, July 24, 2015 in Newport, R.I., July 24, 2015. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Waters went on to call Trump "the epitome of anything that might be considered bad" and "entrepreneurship gone wrong."
While he told Rolling Stone that he has laughed at some of Trump’s ideas, at the same time, Waters said he believes “it's not funny that he's as popular as he is."
The British rocker particularly doesn't like Trump’s campaign slogan “Make American Great Again,” while he accused the Founding Fathers of neing “up their own asses.”
“It's the worst possible slogan anybody could ever come up with," Waters said. "It's silly and disgusting as well, unless they wanted to hark back to the potential. If the Founding Fathers hadn't been so up their own asses, they might have come up with a system that fell somewhere between republican democracy that was going to work and that had proper checks and balances to prevent it disintegrating into what it has become, which is a country for sale to the highest bidder with the Supreme Court at the top of it, who's appointed by the highest bidder eventually."
Waters blasted Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall on the Mexican border.
"There were millions of Native Americans and you killed them all," Waters told Rolling Stone. "So the idea where, oh good, we've got this huge very rich thing, we're going to keep everybody ... no you're not. It's a joke. There's no possible way. It's called osmosis. Human beings will travel.”
"Osmosis is the movement of molecules from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration through a semipermeable membrane; well, you can build any wall you like and it's still semipermeable and it always will be," Waters said.
The musician appeared to support illegal migration into the U.S. by people who are “poor as s***” and believe Americans are rich: “[T]hey will move across the border and why shouldn't they?"
Waters is outspoken on political issues, most notably campaigning for a boycott of Israel.
Read more excerpts from the interview at Rolling Stone.