Bruce Springsteen on Trump: ‘The republic is under siege by a moron, basically’


Bruce Springsteen was/is on the cover of the October issue of Vanity Fair – I covered it several weeks back. I read the whole cover story, and I was surprised by the fact that Springsteen didn’t give a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Bruce is a long-time supporter of Democrats and progressive/liberal political causes, and his last big endorsement was for President Obama. Springsteen actually campaigned for Obama, performing at many rallies, etc. Bruce hasn’t performed at any Clinton rallies so far, and there was some question as to whether he was even going to endorse anyone during this election cycle. Well, we didn’t need to worry. Bruce is With Her. Bruce will be on the cover of Rolling Stone’s next issue, and RS already previewed the cover story with Bruce’s views on this election cycle. Some highlights:

What he makes of the Trump phenomenon: “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. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance. 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. 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? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.

His thoughts on the decline of manufacturing in America: “I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.”

Whether he’s lost faith in using his platform to do endorsements: “I don’t know. I think you have a limited amount of impact as an entertainer, performer or musician. I feel what I’ve done was certainly worth doing. And I did it at the time because I felt the country was in crisis, which it certainly is right now. I don’t know if we’ve been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes…No, I haven’t really lost faith in what I consider to be the small amount of impact that somebody in rock music might be able to have. I don’t think people go to musicians for their political points of view. I think your political point of view is circumstances and then how you were nurtured and brought up. But it’s worth giving a shot when it’s the only thing you have.

Whether there’s a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary for him: “No. I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president.”

[From Rolling Stone]

I feel relieved. I shouldn’t have doubted The Boss! He knows what’s up. And I think he’s just reached a point where he doesn’t really feel like his endorsement would sway voters one way or the other. It’s not that he dislikes Hillary Clinton or anything – he’s pretty clearly going to vote for her – it’s just his own feelings about the celebrity-political connection world. As for what he says about Donald Trump… yes. And I love that The Boss is justifiably appalled by Trump’s leaning in to white supremacy. It is gross, disgusting and “beyond the pale.”


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  1. lilacflowers says:

    Waiting for him to work that line into a song lyric.

  2. Little Darling says:

    Le sigh. Forever a Jersey girl, Bruce is a gem with his political stands, as in he’s ready to make them, get asked about them and answer clearly and concisely while making perfect sense.

    I just love Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. But I can also see his influence won’t sway the voters Hillary needs. She needs the people (millenniala?) who were with Bernie, who are going for green. And he isn’t really that person.

    But gah his interviews have been amazing since the release of the book.

    • Sixer says:

      I like him because he’s not afraid to bring up the issue of class. It’s the opposite here in the UK where we often ignore race in favour of talking about class. These things intersect in important ways and both need to be discussed fully.

      And I know it’s very, very, very, hard to do in the face of the horror of Trump and the horror of open racists feeling validated by him, but I like it that Springsteen is at least prepared to look at the whys of how Trump has got some of his support. If there are genuine problems there and they are addressed, perhaps that might see some reduction in the levels of racism. Secure people are less likely to turn on others.

    • Brittney B. says:

      I’m a millennial who voted for Bernie, and I’m definitely with her (it was never a question, really). All my friends in Florida are the same way. Even those who were still posting about Stein and Bernie a few days ago, they’re finally coming around to voting for her. We’re too scared. I’m really counting on our generation to do the right thing… ugh…

  3. anniefannie says:

    Just one more reason to become a Springsteen fanatic. I’m late to the movement but after watching Springsteen and I ( docu on his fans ) and reading the VF profile I understand why he’s reveered!

  4. JFresh says:

    Not just one moron but a whole movement to dismantle the modern American state, as Andrew Sullivan said recently

  5. doofus says:


    and the man is almost 70 – I can’t believe that! must be the clean living…

    • V4Real says:

      I’ve been a fan of The Boss for years and I still remain one.

      And he does look awesome. I recall a poster saying that men loses their hotness in their mid 50’s. I guess they forgot to tell Bruce that because he is still hot. I would still hit it while we’re Dancing in the Dark.

    • detritus says:

      I’ve never had such feelings for a senior citizen before. He’s just hot though, its absolutely undeniable.

  6. Mia4S says:

    I’d be less worried about the moron if there weren’t so many morons apparently prepared to vote for him (or throw away their vote), humiliate their country, and destroy the American legacy. So many American lives lost defending against Fascism and these fools are trying to let it in the front door by electing a Fascist Cheeto. If I could be I’d Be With Her!!

    (Bruce forever!)

  7. Jayna says:

    I can’t wait to read his book.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    Correction-the republic is under siege from an entire nation of morons. Trump is just the face of it right now.

    The damage has been done and now others will find it much easier to rally people to their side.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yup. It’s been all too easy for Trump to turn up the rocks.

    • Cran says:

      I understand people supporting their party. Be conservative, vote republican, exercise your voice.

      What I DON’T understand is that Trump is NOT conservative and his winning this election is NOT about his being the face of the Republican Party. It IS about him becoming POTUS. Trump will become the FACE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. His face, his erratic, incoherent statements will be those of the US. The ENTIRE United States of America not just as the titular head of the Republican Party. He will be our representative to the rest of the world.

      The Secretary of State will spend a Trump presidency apologizing for, translating and explaining Trumps views. POTUS Trump will then deny, deflect and change his comments because. Just because. How will the Secretary of State be able to forward any policy?

      A Trump presidency risks monumental incalculable harm. On a GLOBAL level. I’m very concerned on a domestic level, not least of all about SCOTUS, jobs and US economy. The potential damage his presidency will do regarding the standing of our country on an international level could well prove to be permanent.

  9. EnnuiAreTheChampions says:


    (I love him)

  10. EscapedConvent says:

    The Boss is articulate, honest and so smart. His interviews have always been great. I think of him as something of a philosopher.

    And yeah, he looks fantastic.

  11. LMB says:

    Bruce has been the musical love of my life for the past 35 years. Was lucky enough to see him twice this year in Europe. To me he is the voice of reason.

  12. Maum says:


  13. Kilo Tango says:

    I love Bruce! I last saw him play in May and he did a full on 3+ hours. Amazing! Don’t pass up a chance to see him live.

    I love his music so much and he is such a stand up dude.

  14. Arlean Smith says:

    Thanks to all the democratic voters that are speaking out this time. It appears to me that republicans voters can be a bit overly aggressive. There is no need for it because Hillary is the best candidate for the job…plain and simple. Nevertheless we cannot leave it up to chance…I challenge all democrats to vote in every election especially the Nov. election. Additionally, review the website to help the democratic party and register more people to vote. This week is the last full week to register … so let’s get on it. Your registration needs to be within 30 days of the election (more or less). You can vote early including weekends and by mail in most areas. Go to this website and get involved make sure you have your voter card and ID ready. Rock the Vote and or— in Texas its… Texas Rock the Vote. We will win this ….Thanks again.