What is the guitar world saying about the US election?
Guitar heroes and artists from around the music world have taken to social media to share their hopes, predictions and experiences voting in the ongoing US election.
This is a rolling list and will be continuously updated in the coming days.
The US Election 2020
The 2020 US election will determine whether President Donald Trump will serve a second term, or if Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be the 46th leader of America.
Polls in several states began closing at 12am GMT (7pm ET), with first results being called about an hour later.
To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large proportion of this year’s votes were cast early via mail-in ballots. Still, long lines of citizens formed at polling stations across the country.
At press time, results called by the New York Times show Biden marginally ahead in the electoral college vote, with Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maine among the states voting blue. Meanwhile, Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia and the swing state of Florida, among other states, have been called for Trump, per the NYTimes.
Trump is also poised to capture the battleground state of North Carolina, while Biden is on track to take Georgia.
The music world reacts
Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell shared his voting experience at the Los Angeles SoFI Stadium, reporting the climate to be “calm, cool, and collective”.
“The stadium itself is a marvel, and the staff were helpful and kind,” he tweeted. “LA we have an incredible venue we can call home. I am anxiously crossing fingers, toes, and tongue.”
SoFI Stadium voting experience was calm, cool, and collective. The stadium itself is a marvel, and the staff were helpful and kind. LA we have an incredible venue we can call home. I am anxiously crossing fingers, toes, and tongue.. https://t.co/CiaIhEQmnE
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) November 4, 2020
David Crosby weighed in with his predictions, sharing that even though he believes Biden will capture the White House, he’s “sure [T]rump will contest it”.
I think Biden will win I am sure rump will contest it If he can get it into the courts And winds up in the Supreme Court ? He will get another four years even though he lost It will tear the country apartThat’s my nightmare https://t.co/PE73WR3r1j
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) November 3, 2020
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has voiced out against Trump, too, alluding to the president as a “Facebook tin pot dictator, utterly bereft of moral authority”.
i don’t want my kids inheriting a world run by flag waving facebook tin pot dictators, utterly bereft of moral authority,while they watch 200 mile winds pick up and blow their lives away like the Wizard of Oz, having internalized this force fed sense of powerlessness. just sayin
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) November 4, 2020
Axl Rose also reached out to his Twitter followers, encouraging them to vote “in the face of fear and intimidation” for “a better world”.
VOTEWhatever It TakesVOTETake A SideMake A StandVOTEWith CourageIn The Face Of FearAnd IntimidationVOTEThrough All The NoiseLiesAnd DistractionsVOTEFor The CountryFor A Better WorldFor DEMOCRACY
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Jason Isbell expressed his disappointment at Doug Jones’ loss of the Senate seat in Alabama. He tweeted: “The people in Alabama and the rest of US are gonna have to deal with the consequences of this one.”
Thanks, but the people in Alabama and the rest of US are gonna have to deal with the consequences of this one https://t.co/njgBTgdafD
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 4, 2020
Tom Morello condemned voter suppression by sharing a tweet which wrote that “voter suppression is more American than voting”.
Repost #3ChordPolitics pic.twitter.com/WfxqyOWSN7
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 3, 2020
More reactions, as they come in, can be seen below:
Vote Them Out https://t.co/o4g4LE7T1N
— Black Francis (@MrBlackFrancis) November 3, 2020
THIS VOTE KILLS FASCISTSthe sign is red we voted bluelet’s bring love and democracy back to the USA#BidenHarris2020 photo by @Crackerfarm for @Under_Radar_Mag https://t.co/nUoGHtG3dK pic.twitter.com/zclR2cdIKm
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) November 3, 2020
Keep the faith. No matter the outcome. We will continue to fight for love, equality, justice…and kindness to our fellow humans. The way we always have… no president defines Us…we define Us. We have the choice every single day to look in the mirror and be our best selves. Xo
— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) November 4, 2020
— Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (@_kingfishbluez) November 3, 2020
I voted pic.twitter.com/YU57B7AHpI
— Melanie Faye (@_MelanieFaye_) November 3, 2020
The Division has always existed and now it’s just more plain to see. America is two different mindsets. Until it is addressed that way this problem will always be here. America is an experiment. https://t.co/PWDvYCWKCu
— Tracii Guns ⨁ (@TraciiGuns) November 4, 2020
get it together texas !!!!!!!
— claire cottrill (@clairo) November 4, 2020
My girlfriend & I voted at our local polling place at around 9:30 am. There was no wait. For whatever reason, it was important to me that I vote in person, on Election Day. Whatever the outcome of the election, I truly hope we can begin to heal & unite as a country.
— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) November 3, 2020
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