The Rolling Stones attempted to shine an optimistic light on Donald Trump's victory in an interview with The Associated Press.
"I don't think he's gonna be as radical as he was coming into it," said drummer Charlie Watts. "I think a lot of what he said is gonna be tempered down, because if it isn't, it's gonna be a hell of bloody ride for four years." Watts went on to express his distaste with all politicians.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood admitted the results were "mind-blowing," but noted after the Brexit vote nothing — including a Trump presidency — would have surprised him. "There will be some changes made," laughed Wood. "Hopefully they'll be good ones."
In classic fashion, Keith Richards declined to comment on the matter, calling it "a blank spot to me" and letting out a gruff laugh. Mick Jagger didn't delve into it the nitty-gritty either, but said with a playful grin: "Everyone outside the U.S. is kind of mystified, I'd say, that's the polite word."
Trump came under fire by the Rolling Stones after repeatedly playing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at campaign rallies, including at the end of the Republican National Convention. While the band asked Trump to stop using the song, he defied the group and even played it after his victory speech.