Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Is a Political Activist & He's Not Backing Clinton or Trump

Krist Novoselic in 2016
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Krist Novoselic photographed on Oct. 17, 2016.

The 2016 election is less than a month away -- the homestretch, you might say. Musicians are speaking up about their viewpoints, which means a flurry of anti-Trumpism, a good deal of Hillary Clinton support and a few stragglers refusing to give up on Donald Trump. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic -- who’s evolved into quite the political activist -- still thinks “neither of the above” is the way to go.

The Washington state resident staunchly supports Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, so much so that he’s appeared on camera for outlets like FOX News and the Portland Press Herald lately to voice his opinions, which also include advocating for a new election process called "ranked-choice voting."

Does voting for Johnson's ticket mean throwing away your vote on a spoiler candidate? Novoselic tells FOX News host/former MTV VJ Kennedy that he doesn't believe it does: “I think they’re gonna win. My supporting them is not some third-party protest vote.” Novoselic's not messing around, either -- he recently donated the maximum contribution possible towards the former New Mexico governor’s campaign.

Ranked-choice voting would figure to assist someone like Johnson, running outside the Republican and Democrat tickets. The concept -- which has already been implemented in mayoral elections in Maine -- has voters rank candidates in order of personal preference. There are several rounds of this, with the lowest-scoring candidate axed from each one, until a winner is decided. Theoretically, it would diversify voices in Presidential debates and curtail preventative voting (i.e., voting for Clinton simply to keep Trump from winning). American third-party candidates (a field that also includes the Green Party’s Jill Stein this year) have not won a single electoral vote in a Presidential election since 1968. 

Novoselic has been politically active since the early ‘90s, writing books and columns and rallying around reform through organizations like FairVote. However, he’s not likely to run for office any time soon, since he’d rather not leave rural Washington or alienate fans: “I was in Nirvana; I meet people from all walks of life,” he told the Portland Press Herald. “They love the music, and I'm not just gonna go out there for politics and dehumanize them for what they believe.”

He was recently in Maine, lobbying to expand ranked-choice voting there. Below, find the video interview he did there with the Portland Press Herald, followed by his recent talks with Kennedy.


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