Add Bruce Springsteen to the growing list of artists who think GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is not fit to lead the country. Joining a chorus of stars speaking out in the final weeks of the most contentious, nasty White House bid in history, Springsteen took the gloves off in a recent interview with the BBC’s Channel 4.
“The trouble at the moment is you have Donald Trump, who is talking about rigged elections. He has a feeling he’s going to lose now, which, of course, he’s going to lose,” said Springsteen. “And he knows that… and he’s such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes.”
Promoting his recently released introspective memoir, Born to Run — in which he dives deep to discuss his battle with depression — Springsteen lamented that Trump is “such an unreflective person” while pointing to the billionaire’s recent string of claims about an allegedly “rigged” election system.
“He simply has no sense of decency, no sense of responsibility about him,” said Springsteen. “The words that he’s been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic process… I think it’s very dangerous. He does have a lot of people’s ears, and I don’t think he’s going to go quietly, gently into the good night. I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can and I don’t know what that’s going to mean, but we’ll find out shortly.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) October 18, 2016
Last week at the New Yorker Festival Springsteen, 67, confidently said “he will not win,” when asked about Trump, who he said was “entertaining and funny” when he was simply a “bloviating New York billionaire,” but is “not funny as a presidential candidate.”
Springsteen has typically avoided wading into his personal politics, letting his songs speak for his heart. He has, however, frequently hit out at politicians — including late president Ronald Reagan — for using his song “Born in the USA” during campaigns. He has, however, stumped for democratic presidential candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama in the past and while he hasn’t endorsed current democratic candidate Hillary Clinton or performed on her behalf, the Boss has said he thinks she will be a “very, very good president.”