Sunday 21 January 2018

Bruce Springsteen: Donald Trump is a moron

Badlands: Bruce Springsteen, 66, speaks about his depression in the October issue of 'Vanity Fair'
Badlands: Bruce Springsteen, 66, speaks about his depression in the October issue of 'Vanity Fair'

Bruce Springsteen has added his name to the list of rockers opposed to Donald Trump, insisting the presidential hopeful is a "moron".

Like many Americans, the Born in the U.S.A. singer was stunned when the property tycoon and reality TV star won the Republican Party's nomination for U.S. leader, despite never holding a political position.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP)

Trump will now face off with Democrat Hillary Clinton in November for the chance to replace Barack Obama in the White House, but his hard-hitting politics and views on immigrants, Muslims and women have turned many voters off - and Bruce is one.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen, who turned 67 on Friday, said, "The republic is under siege by a moron," referring to Trump.

"The whole thing is tragic," he added. "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. The outrageous things that he’s done... these are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate."

A fervent Democrat, who was a big supporter of Obama throughout his two terms as president, Springsteen admits he'll be voting for Clinton in November: "I like Hillary," he says. "I think she would be a very, very good president."

And if she needs him on the campaign trail in the weeks ahead, he'll seriously consider being there for her, adding, "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."

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