Bruce Springsteen slams Donald Trump for "dividing the country," says his actions are a "crime against humanity"
In an interview with Esquire, the singer discusses the impact Trump's presidency has had on America and its long lasting consequences
Music legend Bruce Springsteen has been very vocal about his strong dislike towards Donald Trump. In fact, in 2017, he proclaimed himself to be part of the “new American resistance” to the Trump presidency at a show in Perth, Australia. In a new interview, Springsteen has gone one step further and declared Trump's actions as president "a crime against humanity."
In an interview with Esquire, The Boss talked about Trump's malicious intentions of dividing the country.
“[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. That’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned," he said.
Continuing to condemn Trump he said, "It’s an awful, awful message to send out into the world. 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.”
The 69-year-old said that Trump's presidency is "unforgivable" explained how his famous song, 'The Ties That Bind' highlights how no one, especially the president, should abandon ties with the community or fellow citizens.
“Everybody carries those things with them. It’s a line that always penetrates. It still penetrates for me when I sing it each night," he explained.
“The bonds of your personal family, but also the ties you can’t break among your community and your fellow citizens. You can’t forsake those things. It’ll rot your core at the end of the day. If you want to see someone who’s—look at Trump. He has forsaken a lot of these things, and it’s affected him. He’s deeply damaged at his core.”
Springsteen hasn't completely given up on America's future, but he does worry that Trump's polarizing politics might have a long-lasting impact on the future of the country and its citizens.
"I do believe we’ll survive Trump. But I don’t know if I see a unifying figure on the horizon," he said. "That worries me. Because the partisanship and the country being split down the middle is something that’s gravely dangerous. Let people view themselves as Americans first. Let people give each other a chance.”
Many celebrities have spoken about raising children in Trump's America and Springsteen has his own views about raising his two sons in contemporary society. “I do have two good men. And I would say their qualities are, they’re sensitive. They’re respectful of others. They are not locked into a 1950s sensibility of manhood, which I had to contend with," he admitted.
"Consequently, their attitudes toward women and the world are free of those archetypes, and that frees them to be who they are and have deeper and more meaningful relationships. They know—and can show—love. And they know how to receive love."