The GOP Demands a Formal Apology from Pearl Jam

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel (photo: Gage Skidmore CC SA 2.0)

Republican leaders, led by GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, are demanding an apology from Pearl Jam for an incendiary anti-Trump tour poster.

Members of the Republican Party are blasting Pearl Jam for a seriously anti-Trump poster, one that depicts the president as a festering corpse on the White House lawn.  That poster was tied into a show and fundraiser in Missoula for Montana Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat strongly backed by the rock group.

The poster looks like this.

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In the poster, Tester is flying over the fracas in a tractor.  Donald Trump is dead at the bottom, being plucked at by a vulture.  “This is disgusting and Democrat Jon Tester seems perfectly OK with it,” DNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blasted on Twitter.

“Tester should apologize to @realDonaldTrump & the people of Montana.”

Matt Rosendale, who is running against Tester, also spoke out against the graphic tour poster.  “It depicts a dead President Trump and a burning White House,” Rosendale said. “It’s time for @JonTester to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism!”

The National Republican Senate Committee compared the poster to Kathy Griffin, who infamously posed with a fake decapitated head of Trump.

The poster itself was created by Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament with artist Bobby Draws Skulls, and firmly reflects the band’s anti-Trump leanings.

In response to the backlash and calls for apologies, Ament refused to back down. “The role of the artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling,” Ament offered in a statement.  “I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse.”

Tester is apparently a fan of the group, and the feeling is reciprocated.  “Nobody cares more about our country and especially Montana,” Ament also noted.

Unclear is the impact that the over-the-top depiction will have on Tester’s campaign.  Pearl Jam’s various social media accounts were rife with angry comments and debate, though the group is likely unfazed.




7 Responses

  1. Angelito

    Get in line Pearl Jam—you are just another group of deranged nitwits who think being offensive is clever. It’s not. Instead, you are solidifying a Trump win in 2020. Thanks.

    Finally, mainstream America has had enough of liberal madness. And all the deranged left can do is stomp their feet, scream, whine, and threaten the President and conservatives with death. Classy, tolerant, inclusive group, donchaknow.

    And, by the way Mr. Vedder, you are a one-trick singing pony who is boring. Save some money and take lessons from Sammy Hagar or Paul Rodgers.

    • Me

      If you thing being offensive is not being clever, then you must think Trump is the least clever person in America.

    • Mite Be

      You’re a fool, and take your phony offense and shove it. Republicans have used violent imagery for decades, shocking and scaring Dems with their open threats to shoot any and every Democrat at every level of public office. F your defense of any Republican, they are all fricking violent liar covering up the most evil profiteering in rotten industries from guns to pharma to oil to banking fraud. The party needs to be jailed for sedition.