There’s nothing more anti-establishment than being friends with the president of the United States, at least according to the Sex Pistols’ singer John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten. Admitting he’s “a complicated fella” and that there are “many, many problems with him as a human being,” Lydon defended Trump from his detractors. “What I dislike is the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist, and that’s completely not true,” the former front man told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain. “There just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation, because he terrifies politicians and this is a joy to behold to me.” After Morgan declared Trump “the absolutely archetypal anti-establishment character in politics,” the former punk icon smiled and wondered, “And dare I say, a possible friend? Think of the rows we can have.”
In the recent past, Lydon surprised some by discussing how he’ll one day “sorely miss” Queen Elizabeth II, about whom he famously sang “she ain’t a human being” and called part of a “fascist regime” in “God Save the Queen” off 1977’s Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.