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System of a Down's Serj Tankian addresses political differences with drummer John Dolmayan: "It's frustrating"

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Over the past few months, System of a Down has been making headlines due to the public political differences between liberal frontman Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan, who supports President Donald Trump. In an interview with Forbes, Tankian admitted that the political divide between him and Dolmayan, who’s also his brother-in-law, is “frustrating.”

“Is it frustrating being politically opposite to your own drummer and brother-in-law? F*** yeah,” Tankian says. “Of course it’s frustrating.”

“But that’s having to do with American politics,” he adds. “When it comes to Armenian issues we’re on the same exact page.”

Indeed, the members of SOAD presented a united front in a statement released earlier this month condemning the attacks by the nation of Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabagh, aka the Republic of Artsakh, a long-disputed region made up of mostly ethnic Armenians. All the members of System descend from Armenia.

“We know what injustice is happening, we work together,” Tankian tells Forbes. “We’re doing different auction activities and working together on many fronts. The Armenian nation is united, whether you voted for Republican, Democrat or neither.”

Tankian encourages fans interested in helping the cause to the Armenia Fund.

By Josh Johnson
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