STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis launched into a lengthy rant amid his March 17th solo show at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, OH.
He has seemingly embraced the popular belief among conspiracy theorists that Russian president Vladimir Putin is attacking Ukraine to destroy key elements of the so-called ‘Deep State’ located there.
He told the crowd: “So, I’m not gonna go into some big get-myself-in-trouble dissertation. All I’m gonna say is this: question everything. Everything that they’re telling you right now is a lie. Everything.
“We need to come to grips with something, people. This is our country. We own the most corrupt country in the world. So my question is, what are we gonna do about it? Because we put these people where they sit, to become corrupt and to sell us out all for their gain and not for ours. They’re supposed to represent us, not themselves. And they’re all guilty of it — 90 percent of ’em.
“I don’t know who’s worse — the Democrats that are trying to destroy this country or the Republicans that sit idly by while they do so,” he continued. “They all need to be removed. We need to start voting for people that aren’t lifetime politicians because those are the most lecherous, snake-in-the-grass pieces of sh*t that you can ever possibly put into power.
“The next governor needs to be you. The next senator needs to be you. We need to pick from our peers, people — people that have good ideas that we can stand behind; not these f*cking snake oil salesmen that tell us everything we wanna hear. And until we wake up, this country is going off the cliff, people.
“We have no order. We have no president. Every single day that goes by, we lose standing in the world. Everyone’s laughing at us. Everyone is positioning themselves against us. And it’s not us — it’s the government that we put in power. These are the people that are making us look bad throughout the entire world — the same people that have you convinced that we all need to support Ukraine even though all of their money laundering systems, all of their everything, the way that they get all their kickbacks and they wash everything is all through the Ukraine.”
After somebody in the audience yelled “F*ck Joe Biden,” Lewis offered: “Listen, it’s bigger than ‘F*ck Joe Biden.’ It is. It is. It’s the media. It’s the Internet and the people that control it. Everything is against us in this room — everything. Because when we lose, they win. Look what happened over shutdown. Look how many small businesses got bankrupt and closed forever. And look how the big corporations made billions and billions of dollars. They just took all that wealth out of our hands and they put it in theirs. They took your jobs. They made you believe lies. They made you believe that a vaccine was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that a f*cking mask was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that avoiding your friends and your family and staying locked up in your house was gonna somehow keep you safe.
“But guess what — didn’t we all get COVID? Didn’t every single of us in this f*cking room get COVID and live to tell the tale? We’re okay. I survived. I didn’t stick that poison in my f*cking body. I did just fine. I had it twice. I’m not f*cking dead. Don’t believe a word they f*cking tell you — not one word.”
Lewis later went on to circle back to the current conflict in Ukraine, while also referencing a since debunked video depicting a so-called crisis actor in a body bag.
“You know, as f*cked up as it sounds, maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying,” he continued. “Maybe, just maybe, when Klaus Schwab and George Soros and every other dirty f*cking earth-destroying motherf*cker all jumps on the same bandwagon, maybe, just maybe we should f*cking take a good look at that. Why are they trying to protect Ukraine so much? What do they all have to lose?
“It’s all bullsh*t. It’s all bullsh*t. Have you seen the pictures with wooden guns and all the bodies in body bags laying in the background, and all of a sudden one of the bodies starts moving and f*cking sits up and fixes its f*cking body bag while the reporter is reporting?” People, if you haven’t seen that, you’d better start f*cking looking elsewhere.
“If you haven’t seen Vladimir Putin actually say that he’s fighting the ‘Deep State’ right now, which is the same people we’re fighting, which is the same people everywhere on the face of this earth that people are fighting for freedom.