After Donald Trump's recent victory in the New Hampshire primaries alongside Bernie Sanders, Talking Heads' David Byrne has taken to the web to pen a lengthy essay as part of his website's latest newsletter, criticizing the candidate and his unlikely rise to popularity.
In the newsletter titled The Echo Chamber, which was sent to his website subscribers, Byrne analyzes the rise of Donald Trump, stating that our current era marks "the end of the American Dream" and that "Trump supporters [are] so seemingly unaware of his lies and bullsh*t."
"My guess is that the middle class senses the end of the American dream and that white middle class Americans are experiencing a lack of mobility and opportunity in the economic spheres where they were previously the privileged and entitled majority," Byrne proclaims.
The influential artist adds: "This probably drives a lot of Sanders supporters, too, though my bias leads me to assume that Sanders isn’t propagating outright lies and misconceptions—he’s actually addressing issues and not simply massaging his ego and building his brand."
As for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Byrne provides intelligent reasoning behind why these outlets are detrimental to unique original thought, stating that your "friends" are presenting "a point of view that you already agree with" and that the "diversity of voices" is now "so filtered and targeted that you only hear echoes of what you already believe."
Byrne has stayed relatively inactive in the music world over the past few years, aside from the occasional collaborative performance or alongside St. Vincent, who released the Talking Heads singer's most recent studio album titled Love This Giant in 2012. Byrne also curated 2015's Meltdown Festival in the UK, making for one of the annual event's greatest lineups in recent history.