Marilyn Manson cast his first ever vote in a general election in 2008, helping to bring then-Senator Barack Obama to the White House. Though he repeated his vote for Obama in 2012, it seems that he has no intention to vote for his Democratic successor, Hillary Clinton, come November 8.
“I voted in the last one,” he says in an interview for Dazed’s 25th anniversary edition, “This one I’m standing out of. I don’t really have an opinion. I could have lots of opinions, but I just chose to stay out of this one.”
It’s an attitude that he echoed to Rolling Stoneyesterday. “I don’t find either candidate to my liking,” he told them, “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.” In the past, Manson has been critical of the political system, telling a Time Out journalist in 2012, “I’ve never believed in the authenticity of the two-party system. Politics in this country is all what happens behind Oz’s curtain.”
In the same Rolling Stone interview, Manson was asked his opinion on Republican candidate Donald Trump. “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 the 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,” he said, “But then when you simplify it, it isn't more chaotic. It just comes down to two things: who has more charisma, and who are they appealing to. And neither one of them appeal to me.”
Manson is preparing his new album SAY10, due in February next year. His issue of Dazed & Confused is out now.