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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic has had a change of heart.

Nirvana Krist Novoselic Likes Trump's Protest Message

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By Emily Reily

Krist Novoselic, the former bass player for the '90s grunge band Nirvana, says he approves of President Donald Trump's hardline message amid the protests over George Floyd's death.

On Monday, Trump said he wanted to end the protests and said he would use military force if he had to. "You have to dominate. If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," Trump told state officials.

Novoselic wrote on his Facebook page: “Wow!!! I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech."

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Novoselic does think the president “should not be sending troops into states—and he legally might not be able to anyway." But the bass player and vocalist also praised Trump’s tone as “strong and direct.”

Fox News notes that the National Guard has been called up in several states to get a handle on the protests, some of which have turned violent. About 20,000 members of the National Guard have been deployed around the nation.

People were taken aback by Novoselic's endorsement of Trump.
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Trump's message to governors on Monday also implied that foreign countries were laughing at the U.S. as the protests continue.

Both Republican and Democrat mayors and governors disagreed with Trump's request to put a stop to the marches.

And longtime fans of Nirvana didn't quite get what Novoselic was talking about, since the band had always had roots in punk rock and grunge, a very left-leaning type of music. Their song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was their breakthrough hit and put the trio on the national stage.


In his message, Novoselic talked about driving around Washington state:

"I did not see any violence—but a Tesla supercharging station at an Auburn mall was closed off by police. ....Now, social media and television are looping images of societal breakdown.”

Novoselic went one step further, playing the "what if the tables were turned" argument.

“Imagine if so-called ‘patriot militias’ were raising this kind of hell? If this were the case, left wing people would welcome federal intervention. Most Americans want peace in their communities and President Trump spoke to this desire. Never mind the legal details that few understand—Trump said he would stop the violence and this speaks to many.”

It's unlikely his message was taken any more kindly after that.

Krist Novoselic wrote a lengthy message on Facebook about Donald Trump.
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@KatCorbett wrote: "Smells Like Shut The Fuck Up Krist Novoselic," referencing the song.

@NoahPaster thought maybe Novoselic's message was a hoax, noting that the Facebook page with his message was pulled off:

"Nirvana were my heroes. I wouldn’t be playing bass and drums if it weren’t for Krist and Dave. Just confused by what Krist is trying to say here. Since that Facebook page is gone now, I’m sort of hoping it was a bad parody page."

Fox News says Novoselic later made his Facebook page private, and also deleted his Twitter, so it could very well be a real thing.

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