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Bruce Springsteen has made it perfectly clear -- he is no fan of Donald Trump. Springsteen was very publicly politically charged during the 2004 and 2008 elections, supporting both then-Democratic nominees -- Senators John Kerry and Barack Obama. Yet this year, he has mainly sat by while the 2016 race has forged on, but in two new interviews -- for Rolling Stone and on the TV show Skavlan, which airs in Sweden and Norway -- "The Boss" has offered up some frank and devastating talk about Trump and his message.
Springsteen was asked by Rolling Stone what he makes of the "Trump phenomenon." He said, "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. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don't go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. 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."
- He went on to explain, "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 spoke about the passive role he's taken during the current election, and was asked if he had "lost faith in whatever power you might have to affect these things": "I don't know. I think you have a limited amount of impact as an entertainer, performer or musician. I feel what I’ve done was certainly worth doing. And I did it at the time because I felt the country was in crisis, which it certainly is right now. 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. . . I haven't really lost faith in what I consider to be the small amount of impact that somebody in rock music might be able to have. I don't think people go to musicians for their political points of view. I think your political point of view is circumstances and then how you were nurtured and brought up. But it's worth giving a shot when it's the only thing you have."
- When pressed if his lack of public enthusiasm was due to him or Hillary Clinton, Springsteen said: "No. I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president."
- Bruce Springsteen appeared on Northern Europe's Skavlan and broke down what he believes Donald Trump stands for, why his message appeals to a faction of Americans, and ultimately why he thinks Trump is definitely the wrong choice for President: "He comes along and he has a very sim. . . he has a simple answer to all these very, very complex problems. And he's telling people -- some of the people -- things that they want to hear. If you're very uncomfortable by the browning of America: 'Well, we're gonna build a wall and keep all those people out.' This is basically his campaign, saying it like I'm saying it here. But if you struggle and if you've suffered, and you haven't gotten that piece of the pie -- or, you're just struggling to keep you family going; it can be. . . Someone sayin' it, is a very, very compelling argument. It's very difficult to deal with the complexities of governance and have someone to tell you to 'wait,' or 'be patient.' It's just a rich environment for -- unfortunately -- for a demagogue. And the absurdity is, is, is beyond cartoon-like, y'know? But, he's gotten close enough so it can make you nervous. Y'know, I don't think he's gonna win -- but even him running is a great embarrassment (laughs) if you're an American, y'know?" :
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