During MEGADETH‘s December 1 concert in Salt Lake City, the band’s outspoken frontman Dave Mustaine repeated what PolitiFact.com has found to be “a largely inaccurate” GOP claim that the national debt has increased more under President Barack Obama than under all the previous 43 presidents combined.
Speaking to the crowd before launching into the song “Sweating Bullets” from MEGADETH‘s classic “Countdown To Extinction” album, Mustaine said (see video below), “Anybody that knows me knows that I have a way of getting myself in trouble in that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Dave Mustaine. Seems like the fuckers in the world can say whatever they want, but I say something, I get in trouble. See, if I say something like, the president right now, who I won’t mention by name because I promised myself I would never say his name again, but that this guy has borrowed more money than since George Washington to George W.”
He continued, “What, are we stupid? Now, based on the thickness of a hundred-dollar bill, if you stacked one of those on top of another one, it would be 11,077 miles in the fucking atmosphere, the debt that this fucking country has right now because of this government. 11,077 miles’ worth of hundred-dollar bills up into the sky. And guess who has to pay that: you and me.”
He then added, “It’s time for our fucking revolution.”
Mustaine in March made headlines when he told Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that he is certain that President Obama “was born somewhere else than America.”
“I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born,” Mustaine said. “I know he was born somewhere else than America.”
When Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that this school of thought made the musician part of the so-called “birther” movement, Mustaine countered, “I’m not calling a question to it, I just, you know, it’s a point. How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Illinois?”
Stroumboulopoulos tried to further challenge Mustaine on his claims, causing the MEGADETH frontman to attempt to change the subject.
“I don’t want to talk about my president,” Mustaine said, before going on to admit that he was going to “have to do some more homework on where Obama came from.”