UPDATE: The band spoke to Rolling Stone and issued the following statement:
As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page. We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.
I was going to take a personal day off today. Then, I saw this:
Believe it or not this picture was posted by me Tom Araya on 1/20 cause I thought it was funny … I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in 2 hours there was 10,000 likes … But i never would have guessed that there where so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president. Like him or not he is the president … woke up the next morning and found someone had deleted the post … can some one please explain why…?
“so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president”
Get fucked, Araya. Seriously. This sent me into a blinding rage, but then HE DOUBLED FUCKING DOWN. Further down the comments on this IG post, Araya said, “Mike pence turning fruits into vegetables.” KERRY KING! YOU BETTER COLLECT YOUR BOY, ARAYA! HE IS STEPPING IN IT!
You don’t have to be a goddamned cryptographer to know that he is probably talking about Pence’s proclivity for the horrifying practice of conversion therapy.
I’M NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TODAY.
Bekka realizes that Tom Araya doesn’t speak for all of the band, but JFC, guys. He’s using your social media accounts to push his politics! Also, she is not sorry for all the gifs. Come at me.