U2 singer Bono says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's presidential run could "destroy" the United States.

“Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with,” he said in a “CBS This Morning” interview aired Tuesday.


“But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America,” he said. "Potentially — it could destroy it.

“I think he’s hijacked the party, and he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. I think it’s bigger than all of us. This is really dangerous.”

Bono told host Charlie Rose that Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is the opposite of the values America represents.

“America’s not just a country,” he said, after sighing in exasperation and burying his head in his arms upon first hearing Trump’s name.

“Ireland is a nice country; Great Britain’s a great country, all the rest; but it’s not an idea. America is an idea. That idea is banded up in justice and equality for all.”

Asked why the presidential race is so competitive, Bono said voters are giving voice to legitimate complaints about the political system. 

“I would not diminish Trump’s supporters or underestimate their angst.

“I feel that, in a way, they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven’t yet become clear.

“I’m Irish; I don’t have a vote. I can’t be telling people how to vote and don’t want to. But I have a voice, and I can say that who sits in that office really affects everyone in this world.”

Recent polls show a tightening race between Trump and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE, the Democratic presidential nominee.

An NBC News survey released Tuesday, for example, found Clinton leading Trump by 5 points nationwide.

Clinton leads Trump by just over 1 percentage point nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.