Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has spoken out against presidential candidate Donald Trump in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine. During the course of the interview Springsteen dubbed Trump a ‘moron’ and described his candidacy as “a tragedy for our democracy”.
The sudden rise in popularity for Donald Trump has caused a number of young artists and musicians to speak out over the last year. Much of this criticism has has been brushed aside, however now that there is a very real possibility of Trump becoming president, some of the more established and influential artists are making their opinions known.
Bruce Springsteen is as American as Cadillac and apple pie, and his opinion about the future of the country will have a lot of worth to his legions of adoring fans.
Springsteen said of Trump: “Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy.”
“The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement.”
He continued: “I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalisation 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,” Springsteen continues. “And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.”
The Boss was also quick to make his feelings known about Trump’s adversary Hillary Clinton, of whom he is an dedicated supporter, stating: “I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president.”
Springsteen’s upcoming memoir ‘Born To Run’ becomes available on Tuesday (September 27).