Dolmayan has recently drawn criticism after declaring that President Donald Trump is “a minority’s best friend.”
The band’s drummer also called Trump “the most attacked president,” adding, “Let’s not leave the spinning tale to make us forget the truth of this statement” while sharing a quote from Trump on his Instagram.
Responding to his teammate while posting an old photo of the pair on Instagram, Tankian wrote: “My drummer and brother-in-law John Dolmayan whom I love and respect regardless of our highly polarized political comments and the differences have always been my loyal friend. ally in efforts to recognize the Armenian genocide within SOAD.
“The amount of hatred and stupidity online against him and me is unjustifiable,” he continued, adding that “social media has created a flawed digital society that is partially fueled by this reality.
“Remember whatever the position, only artists who really care and are passionate may alienate their base for what they consider to be the truth. Our dilemma and our possible error is that we have two in a band. Some may consider that a weakness but the artistic, political and social dichotomy if not quadrichotomy (not a word) has made @systemofadown what it is today. “
Dolmayan recently said he thought he was “not in danger of losing [his] work “after his comments while defending freedom of expression in a follow-up Instagram post.
Tankian, meanwhile, is a regular critic of Trump, and the leader recently called for the resignation of the president and compared his government to corrupt regimes around the world.