Published Jun 08, 2020Last week, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan surprised many when he revealed that he was a big-time Trump supporter. While the angry comments on his posts haven't caused him to change his mind, Dolmayan has conceded there are "differing opinions" in his band.
Dolmayan said, among many other things, that Donald Trump was "the greatest friend to minorities" — a surprising stance to take in the middle of the Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. The comments also stood in direct contrast to those constantly made by SOAD frontman Serj Tankian, who is constantly speaking out against Trump.
In a new Instagram video, Dolmayan explained that while he and Tankian often disagree, they have incredibly positive conversations despite their opposite political beliefs.
"We have differing opinions in System of a Down," Dolmayan said. "That shouldn't be a shock to anybody, because you have four individuals: we're not always like-minded and don't always agree on everything. But 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."
Watch Dolmayan's video below.