The Boss is on fire. Bruce Springsteen kicked off the latest episode of his SiriusXM show “From My Home to Yours” with a scathing message for the country’s leaders, and specifically, President Donald Trump.
The rock star began his Wednesday (June 17) show by telling listeners that he had originally planned a different program for the week as the country continues to see new cases of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests around the nation. “But with 100,000-plus Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’m simply pissed off,” Springsteen explained. “Those lives deserve better than just being inconvenient statistics for our president’s re-election efforts. It’s a national disgrace.”
But he wasn’t done sharing why he was getting political instead of enjoying the summer with his latest show, noting that more thought needs to be given to the current health crisis. “We will be contemplating on our current circumstances with the coronavirus and the cost that it has drawn from our nation,” Springsteen continued. “We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased and the families they’ve left behind.”
Springsteen then went on to address Trump directly. “I’m going to start out with sending one to the man sitting behind the Resolute Desk,” he said before throwing to the first song. “With all respect, sir, show some consideration for your countrymen and your country. Put on a f–king mask.”
The president has been criticized for not wearing a face covering as he travels around the country while the pandemic continues. During one visit to a medical supply company in Maine in early June, Trump — as he usually does during public appearances — opted not to wear a mask. After his visit, the company said in a statement it would be throwing away the COVID-19 testing swabs produced while the president was touring the factory.
When asked why he didn’t wear a mask after touring a Ford manufacturing plant in May, Trump responded, “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
Per CDC guidelines, wearing face masks is recommended to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Numerous states have made wearing a face covering a requirement when out in public and when patronizing businesses.