Bruce Springsteen may be a rock legend, but he is not winning anyone over by attacking Donald Trump. Doing an interview on Friday, he claimed that the president does not “grasp” what it means to be an American.
“CBS This Morning” host Gayle King interviewed Springsteen, and asked him what he thought about a recent Trump rally, when Trump said that he had a victorious election victory in 2016 without the support of people like Springsteen, Beyonce, and Jay-Z.
The three celebrities supported Hillary Clinton and were quite vocal about it.
“You surprised that he’s trash-talking you after all this time?” King inquired. To which Springsteen responded, “Not really. Anything’s possible.”
.@Springsteen responds to criticism from Pres. Trump: “We're living in a frightening time… Unfortunately we have somebody who I feel doesn't have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 24, 2019
He said that it is a “very frightening time” in our country because of the “direction” it’s going. He continued, “The stewardship of the nation has been thrown away to somebody who doesn’t have a clue as to what that means. And unfortunately, we have somebody who I feel doesn’t have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.”
The interview coincides with 70-year-old Springsteen’s release of his “Western Stars” soundtrack album. Springsteen, a vocal supporter of Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, is no stranger to criticizing the president.
In an interview with Esquire last year, Springsteen said Trump has “no interest in uniting the country” despite wanting to make America great again. The famed rock and roller explained at the time why Trump’s presidency is “unforgivable.”
“[He] has no interest in uniting the country and actually has an interest in doing the opposite and dividing us, which he does on an almost daily basis,” Springsteen said.
“That’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned. It’s an awful, awful message to send out into the world.” He added, “You are intentionally trying to disenfranchise a large portion of Americans. That’s unforgivable. These are folks who are invested in denying the idea of a united America and an America for all. It’s a critical moment. It’s a scary moment for any conscientious American, I think.”