Springsteen: Trump, De Santis and Taylor Greene mustn’t decide ‘fate of the American experiment’
Bruce Springsteen says America faces a “harrowing” future if GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and “our ex-fearless leader” former President Trump are in charge.
The “Born to Run” singer appeared on CBS’s “The Late Show” on Monday to promote his new book with former President Obama, “Renegades: Born in the U.S.A.”
Asked by host Stephen Colbert to explain an introduction to the book in which he wrote that “these are treacherous times with much at stake,” Springsteen replied, “Do you want Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, [Republican Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis and our ex-fearless leader deciding the fate of the American experiment?”
“That’s what I define as treacherous,” Springsteen — a frequent critic of Trump who narrated a campaign ad for President Biden during the 2020 White House race — told Colbert.
The performer said despite the political climate and the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, he remains hopeful: “You have to be a fighting optimist, I believe. In the sense that there was an attempt to overturn a free and fair election — they failed.”
“I mean, it’s cliche, but how do you remain optimistic?” Springsteen continued, “I’ve got young kids. I have to. I don’t have a choice.”
“The other choice is unthinkable,” the Broadway performer and father of three told Colbert.
“I have to remain optimistic and seeing them — my kids were out at the George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protests — seeing the diverse group of young people in the streets the day after the election.”
“It’s a cliche, but I think that’s what keeps me optimistic,” Springsteen, 72, said to applause.
“I think there’s a great generation of young people coming up who will be interested in protecting American democracy and things like the fundamental right to vote — all which has been sort of an endangered species at the moment,” he said.
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