Bruce Springsteen: Trump 'doesn't have a grasp' on what being American means
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Bruce Springsteen tells CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingLineup for Central Park 'Homecoming' concert includes Springsteen, LL Cool J, New York Philharmonic Ta-Nehisi Coates to join Howard University faculty Nikole Hannah-Jones rejects UNC tenure offer for position at Howard University MORE that President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE “doesn’t have a clue” what the responsibilities of the presidency mean in an interview with the “CBS This Morning” host set to air Friday and previewed online Thursday.

King noted that in a recent rally Trump mocked his 2016 opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE for losing despite the support of high-profile celebrities, saying that by contrast, he “didn’t need little Bruce Springsteen” at the Minneapolis event.


“So he's going back to 2016. And this is now 2019. You surprised that he's trash-talking you after all this time?" King asked the iconic singer.

“Not really, anything’s possible,” Springsteen said in response.

King noted that "a lot of people are very concerned about the direction of the country" under Trump.

"It's just frightening, you know? We're living in a frightening time," Springsteen replied. "The stewardship of the nation is — 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."

Last December, Springsteen predicted Trump will be reelected in 2020, telling the Sunday Times “I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump. The Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”

In an interview around the same time, Springsteen called Trump "deeply damaged at his core,” saying he had "forsaken ... ties you can’t break among your community and your fellow citizens."