The 2016 presidential race has been the most unconventional campaign battles in recent memory, featuring perhaps one of the farthest left leaning candidates, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and the radically conservative reality TV star, Donald Trump. (As if you didn't know already,) here's where your favorite musicians political preferences lie.
While Hillary Clinton currently holds the position as the favored candidate among the Democratic convention, Sanders' hyper liberal policies have helped him garner a vocal constituency in the demographics of both young voters and professional musicians. Sanders rallies have managed to coordinate performance lineups that rival some large music festivals, with artists like Diplo, Ben Folds, Bassnectar, Vampire Weekend, Big Boi, Best Coast, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Tom Morello, Jeff Tweedy, Reggie Watts, Michael Stipe, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and many others both performing and speaking in support of the presidential hopeful.
— The Bern Report (@TheBernReport) April 17, 2016
— reggie watts (@reggiewatts) January 3, 2016
Hip-hop fans will note that Run The Jewels' Killer Mike has expressed the greatest degree of bromance for Vermont senator. The Atlanta-based rapper has made the greatest number of appearances of any musician at Sanders' events, both as a speaker and performer. Additionally, the rapper has interviewed Sanders as part of a six part YouTube series with Bernie Sanders. This last weekend, Bernie Sanders introduced the rap duo at Coachella.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently has the most diverse constituency and holds a sizeable delegate lead over Sanders. She too has pocketed a large number of highly respected musicians to her camp of supporters, including Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams, Quincy Jones, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Usher, to name a few.
In the Trump's Camp, we have very few musicians, in fact I'm pretty sure it's limited to country singers Ted Nugent and Loretta Lynn. On the other hand, the former Apprentice host is adding quite a few artists to his rapidly growing list of condemners.
Adele became one of the first major musicians to denounce Donald Trump's campaign. When the pop star heard his campaign was playing her hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall," she forbade the use of her music at official campaign events, The Independent reports.
Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator, often noted for his abrasive no-filter sense of humor, recently printed a t-shirt to be distributed through his Golf Wang clothing line, featuring a large image of the Donald's face sporting a Hitler mustache. The Instagram post featuring the shirt has been taken down.
Despite varying levels of extreme Trump aversion, YG and Nipsey Hussle took the award for the most prolific Trump slight with their new collaboration track "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump.)" This Instagram post appears to show police officers arresting members of the rappers and their entourage in the filming of the video for "FDT." Well, the police must have failed, because the video is finished. Check it out below.
Watch Bernie Sanders introduce Run the Jewels at Coachella:
Watch YG and Nipsey Hussle's video for "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)":