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Springsteen: Trump’s victory makes me ‘afraid’ for the first time: ‘How could you not be?’

Bruce Springsteen — America’s beloved blue-collar rocker — isn’t hopeful for the future under a Donald Trump presidency as his inauguration looms.

While being interviewed for comedian Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Springsteen opened up about a wide range of topics, from his dysfunctional family environment, to his internal struggles with feelings of isolation and resentment while constantly on tour. However, late into the 75-minute podcast, Springsteen also had terse words for President-elect Trump.

Around the 60-minute mark of the podcast, Springsteen told Maron that Trump’s election and looming four years in the White House could prove to be a dark time for America, as the rocker feels Trump is not capable of handling a job as stressful and detailed as the presidency.

MARC MARON: “Are you scared now?”

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: “Yeah, of course. How could you not be? Never the kind of fear that you feel now.”

MARON: “Right.”

SPRINGSTEEN: “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”

Springsteen pointed to Trump’s race-baiting rhetoric around Muslims and immigrants, saying the racism “genie” won’t go “back in the bottle” after Trump’s ascension to the White House.

“You’re concerned about America changing, the browning of America, ‘I’m gonna build a wall.’ You’re worried about ISIS, ‘I’ve got a secret plan to defeat ISIS. Don’t worry about it,'” Springsteen said, describing Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

However, the New Jersey native, known for his songs commemorating the decline of the American industrial working class like “Working on the Highway” and “Born in the USA,” acknowledged that Trump successfully utilized the economic malaise plaguing middle America to his advantage, saying all the right things to people in certain economically distressed areas, saying “a lot of good folks” voted for the billionaire real estate mogul.

“I understand how he got elected,” Springsteen said. “I think if you were effected deeply by the industrialization, globalization, and the technological advances, and you have been left behind, and somebody comes along and tells you, ‘I’m gonna bring all the jobs back. Don’t worry about it. They’re all coming back.'”

“These are all very simplistic, but very powerful ideas,” he continued.

Listen to the full podcast here.


Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.


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