Bruce Springsteen has long made his liberal politics clear, but the rock artist said he’s feeling a particular uneasiness about Donald Trump now that he’s the US president-elect.
“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” Springsteen recently said to Marc Maron on Maron’s “WTF” podcast, as Entertainment Weekly reported. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
Springsteen blasted Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, calling the former reality-TV host “toxic.”
The “Born in the USA” singer-songwriter previously predicted Trump would lose the election, but now says he can see how it went in favour of Trump.
“I understand how he got elected,” Springsteen said, referencing ISIS and Americans’ fear of their jobs going overseas as reasons. “There’s plenty of good, solid folks that voted for Donald Trump, as well as people who had other agendas.”
Still, Springsteen fears for how intolerance might become more acceptable in the mainstream after Trump’s win.
“When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance… They don’t go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all,” he said.
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