Bruce Springsteen and Bono are causing a stir by turning the limelight into a podium to campaign against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Last week, Rolling Stone released a teaser for an interview with The Boss that will be published in the magazine's next issue. The snippet contained Springsteen's harshest criticism of The Donald and his fears for America's future.
"[T]he republic is under siege by a moron, basically," Springsteen told Rolling Stone. "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. 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."
And he thinks the problem is that The Donald has become something like a pied piper for disgruntled blue-collar Americans.
"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."
Bono also says Trump is dangerous
Meanwhile, Springsteen's rocker colleague Bono was similarly accusing Trump of conspiring to destroy America. "I don't think he's a Republican," Bono told Charlie Rose last week. "I think he's hijacked the party, and I think he's trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it's bigger than all of us. I think this is really dangerous."
And he brought that message to fans during the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas last weekend. The U2 frontman paused during the set to make the crowd think seriously about the election.
"Are you ready to gamble the American Dream?" he asked before the video screen played a clip of Trump saying "the American Dream is dead."
"The American Dream is alive," Bono retorted before singing the band's hit "Desire." Check it out.
h/t Rolling Stone
Banner image: Bono attends the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting at The Shertaon New York Hotel on September 24, 2013 in New York City. (JStone/Shutterstock.com)