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‘We Need to Survive His Presidency’: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Blasts ‘Buffoon’ Trump—and the Media Covering Him

"It’s totally unpredictable. I don’t think he knows what he’s going to do.”

Photo Credit: Screen Capture / Roger Waters on CNN

Appearing on CNN Saturday morning, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters tore into President Donald Trump—and the media covering him—while pondering if we are going to survive a Trump presidency.

Speaking with host Michael Smerconish, Waters talked about his latest tour that features copious images of Trump—and not in a flattering way.

Smerconish asked about the anti-Trump imagery and if the rocker was running “the risk of helping him by going over the top.”

“No, I don’t think help or hindering,” Waters patiently replied. “We need to survive his presidency, because it’s totally unpredictable. I don’t think he knows what he’s going to do.”

“I’m thinking of a few cultural touchstones recently,” Smerconish asked. “I’m thinking of the Kathy Griffin ISIS-inspired photograph she tweeted. I’m thinking of the Caesar play in Central Park. It occurs to me it plays into his hand in as far as he gets to say, ‘look at these leaders against me.’ He’s somewhat inoculated from it.”

“Well, maybe. This is the responsibility that you and the mainstream media have is to not allow this to be taken as seriously as it is,” Water shot back. “I mean, I’ve sort of stopped watching all the talking heads about Russia-gate and this and that and the other because it seems to me largely irrelevant. There’s a larger picture that we could maybe all be focusing on. The problem is entertainment has got mixed up with news a lot in this country, my general sense is that everything has to be entertaining. And in consequence Donald Trump is great for the mainstream media because he’s such a buffoon.”

Watch the video below via CNN:

Tom Boggioni is a writer in San Diego, Calif.

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