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Marilyn Manson on 2016 Presidential Election: 'I Choose to Stand Out of this One'

by Cailey Lindberg   Sep 21, 2016 12:54 PM EDT

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Marilyn Manson is talking the upcoming Presidential election, saying, “I choose to stand out of this one.” He does planning not to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, as he feels that neither of the candidates are worthy of his vote.

Manson, who’s given name is Brian Warner, has only voted twice in his life, in 2008 and 2012 for current president Barack Obama. He told Rolling Stone that he has decided not decided to vote a third time.

“I don’t find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one,” he said to the publication.

He continued, “And I don’t think that’s a coward’s stance. A lot of people might say that. I just don’t really want to be a part of this piece of history. Last time, I did want to be involved in some piece of history as a voter.”

Manson also expressed that people feel elections have become more “chaotic” due to the rise of the Internet, saying, “It’s a tough call because if you look back at old presidents that have been in the past, and you weren’t old enough to know how they lived their lives, and you didn’t live in that era that was so media-saturated and internet and just so many opinions swirling around, the world seems a bit chaotic more than it should be.”

The rocker is taking the view that charisma and the audience that the candidate is appealing to are usually the winning factors.

Manson has been vocal in the press recently, and came to defend his good friend Johnny Depp following his divorce from actress Amber Heard. He claims that Depp’s portrayal before the two were able to reach a settlement was unfair. Manson and Depp are old friends, and the “Deep Six” singer is even the godfather of Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis. Manson vowed to stand by Depp throughout the divorce case despite how Heard and her team portrayed him.

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