Bruce Springsteen doesn’t think that Donald Trump was born to run. Not for president, anyway.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen blasts Trump as a “moron,” saying that his bid for the presidency is “a tragedy for our democracy.”
Asked what he thought of the phenomenon surrounding the GOP presidential nominee, the musician replied, “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.”
Springsteen took particular exception to Trump’s assertion last month that he fears the upcoming presidential election will be rigged, calling the claim “dangerous.”
“When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance,” Springsteen said. “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.”
Springsteen also accused Trump of pushing “white nationalism” and other “dangerous” ideas into the American mainstream.
“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?” Springsteen said. “These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.”
Of course, Springsteen is entitled to his own opinion — though after trashing the Donald, he probably shouldn’t expect a certain New Jersey governor to show up at his concerts anymore.