Better late than never. In two interviews, Bruce Springsteen has directly addressed, in depth, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — something he refrained from doing while performing for massive crowds throughout the world this year.
In an interview on Norwegian television, he said, of Trump’s campaign, that “the absurdity is beyond cartoon-like” and “even him running is a great embarrassment if you’re an American.” (see video below)
Also, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he said: “the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy.”
This is an excerpt from a not yet fully published Rolling Stone interview in which Springsteen also came out in support of Hillary Clinton, saying, “I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president.”
In 2004, Springsteen participated with other artists in the Vote for Change tour, in support of John Kerry’s run against George W. Bush. In 2008 and 2012, he performed at rallies in support of Barack Obama. Springsteen has not performed at any political events this year, though. When asked about that by Rolling Stone, he said: “I don’t know if we’ve been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes.”
Visit rollingstone.com for more of Springsteen’s comments about Trump.