Don’t dress up like the Donald if you sing like the Clash.
A punk rocker hailing from across the pond was hastily sent back from whence he came, with the musician claiming it was because officials didn’t care for his impersonation of President Trump.
Peter Bywaters, lead singer of Peter and the Test Tube Babies, arrived at San Francisco International Airport from London for a performance in Santa Ana, Calif., Saturday only to reportedly face questions about a prior parody of the president.
“I had only been there 30 seconds when the border control guard swung his screen round and said, ‘Is this you?'” the 56-year-old performer told TeamRock.com. “There in full view was a video from last year’s German tour with me dressed as Donald Trump smoking a fake joint.”
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After six hours, Bywaters claims he was then “forcibly escorted” to his seat on a flight back to his home country, but not before he had his phone and passport confiscated, got fingerprinted and photographed and even had his DNA swabbed in addition to being forced to make a sworn statement.
Following the 11-hour-long flight, his phone and passport were returned.
Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection officials deny that the musician’s past Trumpsgressions played a role in his deportation, instead suggesting it was because he didn’t have the correct visa to perform in the country.
“The claim that he was refused entry to the United States because he mocked the president of the United States, that is absolutely not true,” CBP Jaime Ruiz spokesperson told the Entertainment Weekly.
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The rest of the band was still able to do their show at the Punk Invasion Festival, with guest singers stepping in for Bywaters.
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