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Bruce Springsteen says Trump doesn’t know what it means to be an American: ‘We’re living in a frightening time’



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Bruce Springsteen said he was afraid for the future of the United States of America under the presidency of Donald Trump.

The ‘Born in the USA’ singer made the comments during his appearance on ‘CBS This Morning’ on Thursday, October 24. 

“It’s just frightening, you know? We’re living in a frightening time,” the rocker said. “The stewardship of the nation has been thrown away to somebody who doesn’t have a clue as to what that means… And unfortunately, we have somebody who I feel doesn’t have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.”

The feud between Trump and Springsteen has been going on for years. In fact, in a rally in Minnesota earlier this month, the president proudly revisited the fact that he didn’t need “little Bruce Springsteen” to beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Bruce Springsteen performs at Netflix FYSEE Opening Night “Springsteen On Broadway” at Raleigh Studios on May 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Both Bon Jovi and Springsteen performed at Clinton’s election-eve rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 2016, a fact that was mocked by Trump to loud cheers in the rally. 

“They got Bruce Springsteen. He’d do about two songs, then leave, and what happens?  Everyone leaves with him,” said Trump. “And (Clinton’s) still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”

When co-host Gayle King asked Springsteen in the show, “So he’s going back to 2016. And this is now 2019. You surprised that he’s trash-talking you after all this time?” the rocker gave a nonchalant reply. “Not really. Anything’s possible,” he said. 

Last year, Springsteen said that Trump is “deeply damaged at his core.” 

In an interview with Esquire magazine, he added, “Well, I guess forty years-plus would make it worse. And I do feel that people feel under siege, and sometimes for reasons that I don’t agree with and that are unfortunate. Like I say, whether it’s the changing face of the nation or… I think those people legitimately feel under siege. Their way of life is somehow threatened, it is existentially threatened. And maybe that explains Trump and maybe it doesn’t, but that’s always been a part of the American story. It continues to be a part of it today.”

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