(Toronto) Neil Young called for empathy for those who entered Capitol Hill last Wednesday, saying these Americans “were manipulated and saw their beliefs as political weapons.”
The folk singer, who grew up in Omemi on a camel, recently shared a letter on his website expressing his grief over the uprising led by supporters of US President Donald Trump.
“Mostly people felt bad,” Young wrote in Capitol Hill. He also accused the social media platforms used by the president, including Donald Trump, of exploiting political issues as “psychological weapons used to incite hatred.”
Comparing the capital riots to last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Young denounced white supremacists and the “double standard” of law enforcement.
The musician, who has long been critical of Donald Trump on issues such as climate change, returned to the U.S. last year after spending most of his adult life in California. He said he had applied for dual citizenship and, among other things, could vote against Trump in the 2020 election.
Young has long denounced Trump supporters, but now he wants to change his perspective. “I still have strong beliefs. It has not changed, ”he wrote. “We are not enemies. We need to find a way back. “