Roger Waters tour calls President Biden a ‘war criminal’

Pink Floyd stalwart Roger Waters calls President Biden a ‘war criminal’ during his latest tour of US stadiums – blaming him for ‘fueling the fire’ of Russia’s war with Ukraine.

As part of his show, the 78-year-old rocker displays a photo of the 46th Commander-in-Chief on a giant screen behind the stage with the words “War Criminal – It’s Just Beginning”.

Asked about the weekend display by CNN, Waters said, “President Biden? Well, he’s fueling the fire in Ukraine, to begin with – it’s a huge crime.

Waters then asked why the United States was not encouraging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “to negotiate, thereby avoiding the necessity of this horrible, horrible war that is killing we don’t know how many Russians.”

Roger Waters’ tour calls President Biden a ‘war criminal’ who’s ‘just getting started’

In a testy and politically charged exchange, CNN host Michael Smerconish insisted the rock legend had “turned the tables” by “blaming the party that was overrun”.

“Well, a war, when did it start?” Waters responded, pushing a line that Russian President Vladimir Putin used to justify his invasion.

CNN's Roger Waters and Michael Smerconish
Roger Waters had a heated exchange with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, who called himself “a lifelong fan of Waters’ music who doesn’t always agree with his message.”

“You could say it started in 2008 – this war is basically about NATO action and reaction pushing right to the Russian border, which they promised not to do when [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from all of Eastern Europe,” he said.

Waters shared a similar alternative view when Smerconish suggested China was “busy encircling Taiwan” with military exercises underway in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island.

“They don’t encircle Taiwan – Taiwan is part of China! Waters said emphatically.

“And that has been absolutely accepted by the entire international community since 1948 – and if you don’t know that, you don’t read enough. Go read about it!

Roger Waters interviewed by CNN.
Roger Waters repeatedly told CNN’s Michael Smerconish to “go and read” about political events.

Waters then backed up Beijing saying, “The Chinese didn’t invade Iraq and kill a million people in 2003. In fact… who did the Chinese invade and murder, massacre?

When Smerconish said “their own,” the rocker snapped, “Bollocks. This is absolute bullshit. Completely absurd – you should go and read!”

Waters’ “This is Not a Drill” tour — which stops at UBS Arena on Long Island this weekend and Madison Square Garden later this month — also tackles the murder of George Floyd, the abortion and gun control.

Roger Waters live.
Roger Waters begins his show by warning Pink Floyd fans who don’t like his politics that they “better fuck off at the bar right now.”
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The projection screen even includes an on-screen disclaimer, with Waters reading, “If you’re one of those people who ‘I love Pink Floyd, but I can’t stand Roger’s politics’, you better get fuck. at the bar right now.

“It sets some things straight,” Waters told CNN before admitting the backdrop was largely included “because it’s a really good way to start the show.”