System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian was recently interviewed by Forbes magazine. When asked about his and drummer John Dolmayan’s different political views, Tankian said that it is “frustrating”. Dolmayan has been very vocal about his support for President Donald Trump, where as Tankian is far more left leaning.
“He’s Armenian. He’s my brother-in-law and my drummer. Is it frustrating being politically opposite to your own drummer and brother-in-law? Fuck yeah,” Tankian advised Forbes. “Of course it’s frustrating. But that’s having to do with American politics.
“When it comes to Armenian issues we’re on the same exact page. We know what injustice is happening, we work together. We’re doing different auction activities and working together on many fronts. The Armenian nation is united, whether you voted for Republican, Democrat or neither.
“But, I was a Bernie [Sanders] supporter, I still am,” Tankian went on. “I feel like he still would’ve been the best choice going forward. But I’m okay with [Joe] Biden. I’m happy that they’ve made that statement. The elections are coming up and normally I’m very vocal, but this war and the daily death toll has really taken up my full spectrum of focus.”
Both Tankian and Dolmayan have previously stated that though they have very different political views, they still have a lot of love for one another and do not let their differences impact their relationship.
This past summer Dolmayan said, “You’d be surprised at how civil our conversations are, especially between me and Serj, who seem to have the most diverging opinions on things. I have a lot of respect for Serj and his opinions, although I don’t agree with them very often these days. And that’s okay. We expand each other’s horizons – I like to think that he learns from me and I learn from him.”