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Slayer Statement Says Trump Photo “Does Not Belong” on Their Instagram Page: “Slayer Has Never Endorsed Any Political Party or Any Candidate”

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First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room:

No, The Liberal Illuminati did not make that photo of Donald Trump disappear from Slayer’s Instagram page.

If you don’t follow, allow me to catch you up: earlier this week, Tom Araya posted a Photoshopped image of Donald Trump and Slayer on the band’s Instagram feed. Fans lost their shit, and the photo was taken down. Which is when things got really bad: Araya claimed the photo disappeared as the result of some sort of conspiracy, called fans who don’t like Trump “snowflakes,” and, worst of all, made a tasteless joke about Mike Pence’s support of gay conversion therapy.

The band has now released a statement attempting to walk the entire brouhaha back to Rolling Stone:

“As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page. We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.”

In other words, “Slayer, once the most offensive band in the world, no longer wish to offend anyone, so please don’t stop giving us money.”

In the band’s defense, there’s not really anything else they could have said. If Tom Araya and Kerry King didn’t break up the band over the death of the lead songwriter, they’re definitely not gonna break up the band over something as trivial as a dispute over the potential future of the free world.

There is a silver lining to this sad tale, however, and that silver lining is this:

Dave Lombardo had nothing to do with any of this.

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