Surprise! Known do-gooders Bruce Springsteen and Bono both strongly disapprove of presidential hopeful Donald Trump. In an upcoming Rolling Stone feature, Springsteen calls Trump a “moron” and says his bid for presidency is “tragic.” Springsteen also explains that Trump’s ideology is straight-up dangerous.
The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.
I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.
Springsteen also commented on why he hasn’t been active on the campaign trail like he was during Obama’s bid. Springsteen says he supports Hillary Clinton and thinks she would be a “very, very good president,” but he doesn’t see much of a place for himself at rallies this go-’round.
Bono, on the other hand, is pretty flipped out by the idea that Trump could very well become the 45th president of the United States, and he doesn’t even have to live here to witness it! In a recent interview, the Irish musician told Charlie Rose that Trump is “potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America.” He later said that Trump “could destroy [America].”
If Trump becomes president, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if foreign musicians straight-up boycotted performing in this country. More like Make America Fall Into The Flaming Pits Of Hell Again, amirite?!
Sidenote: it’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday today. OF COURSE he’s a libra. Happy 67th, Dad!