The Boss has a message for U.S. President Donald Trump — and it’s got a great big F-bomb in it.
Bruce Springsteen hosted his SiriusXM radio show “From My Home to Yours” this week, telling listeners he had originally intended to share some of his favourite summertime songs, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to a change of plans.
“With 100,000-plus Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off,” he said at the top of the show, reported Rolling Stone.
“Those lives deserve better than being simply inconvenient statistics for our president’s re-election efforts. It’s a national disgrace,” he continued.
“Instead of celebrating the joys of summer today, we will be contemplating our current circumstances with the coronavirus and the cost it has drawn from our nation,” said Springsteen. “We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased and the families they have left behind. If you are ready for a rock ‘n’ roll requiem, stay tuned.”
Before introducing Bob Dylan’s “Disease of Conceit”, he offered a special message directed at Trump.
“With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country,” he said. “Put on a f**king mask.”
Springsteen then spoke about Trump, the Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus crisis again in an interview with The Atlantic.
He said when asked whether he’s feeling optimistic or pessimistic about the world right now, “I don’t think anybody truly knows where we’re going from here yet. It depends on too many unknowns.”
“We don’t know where the COVID virus is going to take us. We don’t know where Black Lives Matter is going to take us right now. Do we get a real practical conversation going about race and policing and ultimately about the economic inequality that’s been a stain on our social contract?”
“I believe that our current president is a threat to our democracy,” Springsteen added of Trump. “He simply makes any kind of reform that much harder. I don’t know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship. These are all existential threats to our democracy and our American way of life.”
“If you look at all this, you could be pessimistic, but there are positive sides in each of these circumstances. I think we’ve got hope for a vaccine. I think any time there is a 50-foot Black Lives Matter sign leading to the White House, that’s a good sign. And the demonstrations have been White people and Black people and Brown people gathering together in the enraged name of love. That’s a good sign.”
“What’s more, our president’s numbers appear to be crashing through the basement. That’s a good sign. I believe we may have finally reached a presidential tipping point with that Lafayette Square walk, which was so outrageously anti-American, so totally buffoonish and so stupid, and so anti–freedom of speech. And we have a video of it that will live on forever.”