Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara: 'I Pay More Federal Taxes Than Donald Trump Ever Has'
If Donald Trump wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Tegan Quin and her sister Sara will be happy to open up their guest rooms in Canada to disaffected Americans. But on the other hand, a Trump victory would inspire them to spend even more time at their other digs in Los Angeles.
"We wish we could take in all the wonderful people if Donald Trump gets elected, but part of me doesn't want to run from here if it happens," Tegan tells Billboard. "I'd want to help fix your country." And she's confident there would be a lot of fixing to do.
"Y'know, I don't agree with so much of the Republican side of things, the politics, but at least if they could articulate it in a way that's sensible and rational, I'd get that," Tegan explains. "But he's a monster. He's a child, a disrespectful child. He's yelling and interrupting and meandering through answering questions, not answering them, never directly answering them. Just getting lost and confused and repeating 'law and order!' He's a racist. He's sexist. He's gross. I mean, fine if you don't like Hillary, but say what you will about her, she's handled herself incredibly well. I don't think you can deny that if one of them has to be in charge of this country, I do not think it should be Donald Trump."
Tegan notes that she and her sister, supporting their eight album Love You To Death, are playing their third tour during a presidential election cycle in the U.S., and being political enthusiasts, they enjoy being on the road amidst that atmosphere. "We have so many memories associated with American elections," she says. "I am thrilled to be touring this election season. I feel like the people we interact with are not going to vote for Trump. I think 90 percent of who we play to and who support Tegan and Sara are supporting Hillary, or Democrats. We try to be respectful to everyone. We talk multiple times during the show about registering to vote, and we do tabling in the lobbies. We were just all through the South, and even people there were cheering for the history [of a potential first female president]."
As an "extra bonus," Tegan and Sara are playing in Washington D.C. the two nights leading up to Election Day. "I'm just thrilled," Tegan says. "My mom's like, 'Are you going to be safe?' I'm like, 'I dunno, but whether we like it or not, we're gonna be there.'"
Tegan acknowledges that some might balk at she and Sara voicing their views, especially since they're not U.S. citizens. But she argues otherwise. "We've heard it a million times: 'You're not from here. Shut up and sing!'" she says with a laugh. "The thing is we've been down here for 17 years. We have a lot of family down here. We both date Americans. We both have apartments in Los Angeles. We work here 80 percent of the year. I pay more federal taxes than Donald Trump ever has, I'll tell you that. I love this country; It's almost like it's our own. It is our second home. We follow politics passionately here. If people don't like us talking about it then don't listen."