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Pink Floyd Roger Waters calls Biden is a 'war criminal' who is 'just getting going'

During his latest US stadium tour, Roger Waters, a member of Pink Floyd, is calling President Biden a "war criminal." He says that Biden "fed the fire" of Russia's war with Ukraine.

As part of his show, the 78-year-old rocker flashes a picture of the 46th president onto a huge screen behind the stage, along with the words "War criminal — just getting started."

CNN asked Waters about the show over the weekend, and she replied, "President Biden? Well, he is adding fuel to the fire in the Ukraine, which is a big crime.

Waters then asked why the US doesn't "encourage" Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky "to negotiate," which would stop "this horrible, horrible war" that is killing "we don't know how many Russians."

Roger Waters' tour calls President Biden a "war criminal" who is "just getting started"
Roger Waters’ tour calls President Biden a “war criminal” who is “just getting started”

In a heated discussion about politics, CNN host Michael Smerconish said that the rock star "got it backwards" by blaming the party that was attacked.

"Well, when did any war start?" Waters replied by pushing an argument that Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has used to defend his invasion.

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

"You could say it started in 2008. This war is mostly about the actions and reactions of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn't do when [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from all of Eastern Europe," he said.

Smerconish said that China was "busy encircling Taiwan" with ongoing military drills in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to the self-governed island. Waters had a similar alternative point of view.

"They aren't surrounding Taiwan because Taiwan is part of China." Waters said it very firmly.

"And everyone in the international community has agreed with that since 1948. If you don't know that, you don't read enough. "Go read up on it!"

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

Waters defended Beijing even more by saying, "The Chinese didn't invade Iraq in 2003 and kill a million people. In fact, who have the Chinese invaded and killed?

When Smerconish said "their own," the rocker said, "Bollocks. That makes no sense at all. "That's a bunch of nonsense—you should go away and read!"

Waters' "This is Not a Drill" tour, which stops this weekend at Long Island's UBS Arena and at the end of the month at Madison Square Garden, talks about the murder of George Floyd, abortion, and gun control.

Roger Waters playing live.
Roger Waters starts his show with warning to Pink Floyd fans who don’t like his politics that they “might do well to f–k off to the bar right now.”
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The projection screen even has a warning from Waters: "If you're one of those people who says, "I love Pink Floyd, but I can't stand Roger's politics," you might want to go to the bar right now.

Waters told CNN, "It clears up a few things." She also said that the background was mostly there "because it's a really good way to start the show."

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