(Toronto) Neil Young calls for empathy for those who stormed Capitol Hill last Wednesday, saying these Americans have been “manipulated and seen their beliefs used as political weapons.”
The folk singer, who grew up in Omemee, Ont., Recently shared a letter on his website, in which he spoke of his sadness over the insurgency led by supporters of US President Donald Trump.
Young writes that he “mostly felt bad for the people” on Capitol Hill. He blamed Donald Trump, as well as the social media platforms used by the president, which he said are guilty of turning political issues “into psychological weapons, used to harvest hatred.”
Young also denounces white supremacists and the “double standard” of law enforcement, comparing the Capitol riots with the Black Lives Matter protests last year.
The musician, who has long criticized Donald Trump on issues such as climate change, became a U.S. citizen last year, after living most of his adult life in California. He said he applied for dual citizenship, among other things, so he 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 convictions. It hasn’t changed, ”he wrote. “We are not enemies. We have to find the way back. “