In previous presidential elections, Bruce Springsteen was not shy about sharing his views.
The musician penned a New York Times op-ed in August 2004 detailing why he’d be voting for John Kerry that November, and in 2012 he voiced his support for President Barack Obama. Now, with the 2016 election nearly upon us, he opened up to Rolling Stone about his thoughts on the current political climate.
So how does Springsteen feel about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump?
“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy.”
He went on to discuss the elements of Trump’s platform he deems most dangerous — “white nationalism and the alt-right movement” — before speculating on what he thinks is the candidate’s appeal to voters.
“And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.”
As for his thoughts on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Springsteen kept it simple: “I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president.”