Roger Waters Loves Bernie Sanders, Fears Hillary Clinton

"She might become the first woman president to drop a fucking nuclear bomb on somebody," Pink Floyd co-founder says

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Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters says he'd support Bernie Sanders if he could vote, but worries that Hillary Clinton is too hawkish for him Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/AP

Roger Waters may not be a big fan of Howard Stern, but there's another wild-haired, outspoken, polarizing figure from New York's outer boroughs he does love: Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "He's the only person in the race that I see with any credibility," says Waters. "He seems to speak the truth, far as one can tell at this point. He seems prepared to stand up against big money and the banks and stand up for the predicaments of minorities, the middle class and the working class in this country."

The British citizen cannot vote in the U.S. election, but he says that if he could, he'd "cast [his] lot" with Sanders. He says that Hillary Clinton is a "far better alternative than any of the Republican candidates by a long, long way," but he still has severe reservations about her. "Hillary worries me," he says. "I have an awful worry that she might become the first woman president to drop a fucking nuclear bomb on somebody. There is something scarily hawkish about her, and she has that politician look down of, 'You are never going to get a word of truth out of me.'"

Many Democrats say that if Sanders is nominated, it will hand the election to the Republicans because the Vermont senator is so radical. "It is true that people become marginalized if their politics appear too far to the left," he says. "That is why I admire Sanders. When he speaks the truth, he sounds very left-wing, but that is because we have been fed this right-wing bullshit by the whole of the mainstream media since the Second World War. And it has gotten worse and worse and worse, and the outlets for dissenting voices have become fewer and fewer. So he is bound to sound out of step, because he is! And that is what is so good about him."

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