KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza has weighed in on underdog Donald Trump's stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, saying that he wasn't shocked by the real estate mogul's win.
Trump surprised the political establishment and the world by becoming the 45th president in one of the biggest upsets in U.S. political history. He won with 306 electoral votes compared to 232 for Hillary Clinton. 270 were needed to win. Clinton, however, handily won the popular vote, despite losing the overall election.
Speaking to Noisey, Mille said about the U.S. election outcome: "Let's see how Trump does! I hope he isn't gonna be responsible for the downfall of civilization, and I doubt that's gonna happen. We've seen many weird people in power before.
"I was confused that somebody like Trump could become the USA's president, but I wasn't shocked; a lot of my American friends were shocked," he continued. "The next four years will show whether or not there was a need to panic.
"I'm not an expert — I want to point that out before I say something wrong! — but remember when we had the 'war' president, the Bush guy? He was a 'war' president and I see Trump as a 'business' president.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro-Trump, but let's see what he comes up with. It could be a disaster, but I try to be PMA about this stuff."
Mille went on to say that he understands why Trump is so reviled by some people. "I have friends who are Mexican-Americans; I was in L.A recently with a Mexican-American friend, and I asked him this very naïve question: 'Aren't Mexicans, like, American?'" Petrozza said. "I always had the impression it was that way because they're part of American society; if somebody's saying they're going to build a wall blah blah blah, then, of course, people are going to be offended, because they're a part of the culture. If it wasn't for the Mexican fans, the Satanic Hispanics, the metal world in America would be very boring."
Mille also addressed the fact that Trump has famously called climate change a "hoax," though his Cabinet has attempted to strike a more moderate tone in confirmation hearings. In addition, Trump has pledged to withdraw from the Paris Agreement — signed by his predecessor Barack Obama — which is the world's first comprehensive treaty to tackle greenhouse gases.
"People are dying from global warming, there's scientific proof," Petrozza said. "It's another of those strange things Trump says, one of those things that doesn't make any sense in the real world. Maybe it makes sense in Trump world, but in the actual world, yeah, it's a massive problem."
KREATOR's new album, "Gods Of Violence", will be released on January 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.