While Bruce Springsteen wasn’t at the Women’s March on Saturday, he voiced his solidarity with the millions worldwide marching against Donald Trump during a stop on his Australian tour.
“We rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, health care and immigrant rights,” said Springsteen to a crowd in Perth. “We stand with you. We are the new American resistance.”
Springsteen was an avid supporter of Barack Obama throughout his campaign and presidency, performing for the 44th POTUS in 2009 as part of his inaugural festivities. This past November, Springsteen received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama just two weeks after Trump’s victory. During the concert in Perth, Springsteen played “Land of Hope and Dreams,” the song played by Obama during his farewell address.
But Springsteen is staunchly opposed to Obama’s successor. When asked by Rolling Stone in September what he thought of Trump’s rise, The Boss said that “the republic is under siege by a moron.” Springsteen’s wife and E Street Band member Patti Schalfa feels the same way, as she skipped out on Springsteen’s Australian tour to attend a Women’s March in New Jersey, according to the Asbury Park Press.
“We’re a long way from home,” Springsteen said. “Our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city of America. And in Melbourne.”
In addition to the estimated 2.5 million that marched in all 50 U.S. states on Saturday, protesters gathered in countries around the globe to show their solidarity with the Women’s March. In Australia, an estimated 3,000 people marched in downtown Sydney with anti-Trump signs, while a crowd of 6,000 marched to the Parliament House in Melbourne.
Watch Springsteen’s speech in the clip above.