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Donald Trump Elected President: Rockers React

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Kevin Winter / Joe Raedle / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

In a turn of events regarded by many pundits as a stunning upset, Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election — and like many of your friends and family, a slew of classic rockers have taken to social media to weigh in on the results.

As expected (and previously reported), outspoken Trump supporter Ted Nugent is pleased with the prospect of a Trump White House, telling fans he was “a little teary-eyed” after seeing the election called and framing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s defeat as proof that “we don’t accept liars, scammers, thieves and rotten freedom-hating, constitution hating, conniving criminals to be President.”

Reactions elsewhere on the classic rock spectrum ran the gamut from bemused to bewildered and outright angry. Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan offered a succinct appraisal early in the morning on Nov. 9, offering followers two simple words in response to the polls.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, meanwhile, wryly recalled the Trump campaign’s use of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and suggested he might be called upon to perform at the inauguration.

For a number of rockers, including Extreme singer Gary Cherone, the results represented an opportunity to attempt galvanizing fans who didn’t support Trump, calling citizens on the other side of the aisle to political action instead of giving in to despair. Fittingly enough, Cherone turned to classic rock to get his message across, quoting Who lyrics in his tweet.

For others, the responses weren’t nearly as hopeful. Former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee expressed profane disbelief as the night unfolded, while Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor issued a warning to voters he sees as having been sold a bill of goods — and minority groups for whom he believes a Trump presidency spells trouble.

Emotions obviously run high at times like these, and a certain amount of extreme rhetoric is to be expected. But even in an emotion-fueled medium like rock ‘n’ roll, you can find calm in the storm — sometimes in some unlikely places. Some of the more good-humored and soothingly optimistic social media posts in the rock community came from artists such as Jon Bon Jovi, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and ex-Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, and we’ll leave you with them right here.

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