Tommy Lee has slammed President Donald Trump for citing video games as one of the reasons behind mass shootings in the US.
The MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer's criticism comes just a day after back-to-back shootings in the United States left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in Texas and Ohio on August 3 and August 4. Those two shootings were part of 249 mass shootings involving four or more injuries since the start of the year in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Earlier today (Monday, August 5), President Trump gave a speech from the White House in which he called for a crackdown on violent video games and reforms to mental health laws, arguing that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun."
"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society," Trump said. "This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace."
He added, "It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately."
After Trump's White House speech, Lee took to his Twitter to write: "dude!! @realDonaldTrump one minute you blame mental illness for the mass shootings then the next it's video games?! WTF is wrong with you!?! WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!"
The drummer also tweeted out a photo of a 100-round drum magazine for AR-15 rifles and included the following caption: "This is NOT mental illness nor video games!!!"
Tommy has criticized Trump a number of times in the past, including in December when he referred to the 45th U.S. president as an "asshole" and labeled his supporters "dumbasses." A year earlier, he called the president "a fucking idiot" and said the people who voted for him are "dickheads."
After Trump was elected president in November 2016, Lee expressed his disbelief on Twitter, writing: "What the actual fuck is happening?"
This past November, Tommy lambasted Trump for blaming California's recent wildfires on poor forest management. "Can you be anymore insensitive you fucking moron" Lee tweeted.
Lee admitted in a 2008 interview with CNN that he was not a political junkie and he rarely watched television or listened to news reports. "Man, tell you the truth, I only listen to music," he said.
dude!! @realDonaldTrump one minute you blame mental illness for the mass shootings then the next it's video games?! WTF is wrong with you!?!? WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!— T❍mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) August 5, 2019