Bruce Springsteen has expressed more concern about President-elect Donald Trump, calling his policies “lies,” and questioning his “competence.”
Springsteen made an appearance on an episode of the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast and spoke about Trump and what his presidency could mean for America, the Daily Mail reported.
“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” Springsteen said of Trump’s upcoming presidency. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
Springsteen also called Trump’s policies “lies that can’t occur,” and spoke about the effect Trump’s rhetoric could have on the future of America.
“When you let that genie out of the bottle – racism, bigotry, intolerance – when you let those things out of the bottle, they don’t go back in the bottle that easily. If they go back in at all,” Springsteen said. “Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling that they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American, and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to.”
“And so my fear is that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society, demeans the discussion and events of the day, and the country changes in a way that is unrecognizable, and we become estranged,” Springsteen added. “Those are all dangerous things, and he hasn’t even taken office yet. So we got to wait and see, but those are certainly the implications, and you also look at who he’s been picking for his Cabinet, that doesn’t speak very well for what’s coming up.”
Springsteen mentioned Trump’s supporters, as well.
“There’s plenty of good, solid folks that voted for Donald Trump, as well as people who had other agendas,” said Springsteen. “But to know that, you’ve got to know some.”
While Springsteen appeared concerned with the future of the country, he remained optimistic.
“America is still America,” he said. “I still believe in its ideals, and I’m going to do my best to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things.”