Bruce Springsteen: Trump 'doesn't have a grasp' on what being American means
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Bruce Springsteen tells CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingCBS News President Zirinsky wins National Press Club Fourth Estate Award The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down Obama said his 'initial instinct' during '09 outburst from Joe Wilson was to 'smack this guy on the head' MORE that President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world 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."