‘The Boss,’ Bruce Springsteen really spoke his mind when he was asked about the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and he was not exactly kind.
Springsteen sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone where he answered questions about both presidential candidates and explained why he was not more active this election season. Right off the bat, Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt asked The Boss about ‘the Trump phenomenon.’
And Springsteen pulled no punches. He launched into Trump right from the start:
“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 appears to have taken particular offense to Trump’s claims that the elections are rigged. He said that when Trump did that, he pushed people “beyond democratic governance.” As with many others who have spoke about Trump’s tactics and positions, he said that it was extremely dangerous. “Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all.”
He also spoke about the ideas that Trump was trying to move into the mainstream suh as white nationalism and the Alt Right movement. He said about the outrageous things that Trump has done “These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.”
He called Trump’s purported solutions “Fallacious answers to very complex problems,” which can be appealing to people.
Springsteen also spoke about the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He said that he liked Hillary, and that he thinks that “she would be a very, very good president.”
The entertainer has weighed in with some frequency on political issues. He believes that his impact as an entertainer is limited when it comes to politics, but the biggest reason he appears to say that he has been relatively quiet this election season is simply that he has not been asked.