President Trump is such a nightmare, Maroon 5’s keyboardist said even the worst former chief executive would be a welcome replacement.

 

Background:

The Maroon 5 crew have never been fans of Donald. In a chilling November 2012 tweet, lead singer Adam Levine essentially foretold his presidency.

This year, Trump made that toxic waste vat a reality when he appeased the sympathies of an unforeseen alt-right breeding ground. A revolting hivemind of bigotry and racism has silently gained traction in recent years — a sect of our country which existed unbeknownst to most of us.

The majority knew it was bad from the start, but it’s only gotten worse. An unending series of public gaffes have brought Trump’s approval ratings spiraling downward, and they show no signs of stopping.

The voices of America’s sane populace have been resounding: we made a grave mistake. In a recent CNN interview, Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton brought this sentiment to a national stage.

 

What’s Happening Now:

Addressing the president’s innate failure to respect diversity, Morton told CNN’s #GetPolitical crew that George W. Bush would be a refreshing alternative.

“I think this is the first time we’ve had a president and even a candidate to, you know, call Mexicans rapists, to say the judge wasn’t able to properly do his job because he’s Mexican, asking black people what do they have to lose,” said Morton. “Who would have ever thought it would make Bush not be so bad? We’d take President Bush in a minute right now.”

As bad as it sounds, I’m inclined to agree. Bush hit an all-time approval low of 26 percent in November 2008, yet his public image fared better in eight years than Trump’s has since day one.

“As crazy as things seemed to be, [Bush] was still a level-headed person,” said Morton. “If he had a racist bone in his body or something like that, it wasn’t okay to show that. He wasn’t overt.”

For old time’s sake, let’s take a moment to recognize the many instances Trump has been overtly racist.

He tried (and failed) to institute a travel ban aimed at Muslims. His real estate company was sued by the U.S. Justice Department — twice — for racial discrimination (i.e. they wouldn’t rent to African Americans).

Perhaps the biggest offense is his gross “both sides” argument following the Charlottesville, VA brutality. It was arguably Trump’s most vocal support of neo-Nazi violence since denying responsibility for over 900 hate incidents across the U.S. following his electoral victory.

But Trump’s embrace of shameless bigotry energizes his base. It’s a trait we’ve observed from the beginning, and it isn’t a press stunt.

“[Trump] shows us who he is over and over and we should believe that … that was him,” Morton said of campaign trail Trump. “That was non-reading-teleprompter Trump and that’s our guy.”

For now, we’re all forced to drink the noxious Kool-Aid of Trump's presidency. But as a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016, Morton says our focus should begin at the local level to bring about national change.

“Stop focusing on Trump so much and focus on your government,” said Morton. “Make sure you elect the people that you want in your neighborhoods, in your cities, [and] in your state.”