They play together in the same band, but have wildly different political views.
Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan have both been active on social media lately giving their thoughts on current events. The left-leaning Tankian and right-leaning Dolmayan maintain civil conversations with one another despite their vastly different views.
“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,” Dolmayan recently said.
While the two haven’t engaged in much public debate with one another, Tankian may have taken a subtle jab at Dolmayan’s views in a new Instagram post featuring the lyrics to the System Of A Down song “Temper.”
“A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact :),” he captioned the post.
The song appeared on the band’s Demo Tape 2 and features lyrics like “Country without a race/Formed from people you disgrace/White right conservative might/Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright/The American Way!”
Tankian’s post comes just days after Dolmayan took to Instagram calling Democratic supporters “cowards.”
“You don’t want free speech, you can’t handle free speech because you are cowards and need to be herded along with the rest of the sheep,” he wrote.
“For those of you who think you are coming from a morally superior position therefore any differing opinion or viewpoint is invalid think again,” he added.