The controversial figure of Donald Trump displeases an extensive list of American artists, and Bruce Springsteen is definitely one of them. A week after charging the president for wearing a mask, the star criticized him again on Tuesday (June 23). This time, because of the photo taken by the Republican in front of St. John’s Church, near the White House, while protests over the death of George Floyd were taking place across the country.
In an interview with The Atlantic, “Boss” classified the president’s attitude as “anti-American, stupid and against freedom of expression”. At the time, the National Guard used tear gas against peaceful protesters to make the photo feasible.
Still on the subject, Springsteen went further and said he considered Trump as a threat to American democracy:
I believe that our current president is a threat to our democracy. It simply makes any type of reform much more difficult. I don’t know if our democracy can hold another four years in your custody.
The singer draws attention to the fact that, thanks to the “video age”, police violence can no longer be ignored or hidden. According to him, even if Trump pretends that nothing is happening, the whole world has come to see that there is something wrong with the status quo. “This is progress,” he adds.
Despite this troubled period, Bruce is optimistic about the next election:
I think all these young people on the streets have given me hope. And the fact that these demonstrations are taking place around the world. I believe that, in the end, this movement will become about more than police violence and thus George Floyd will be able to rest in peace.
Artists against Donald Trump
Like the Brazilian president, Donald Trump is not one of the most popular figures among his country’s artistic class. From witchcraft rituals to protest songs, the leader is frequently the target of criticism from the big names in the American music scene.
One of the last singers to use his voice against the president was the legendary Stevie Wonder. Last Tuesday (23), he shared a message on his Facebook saying that one day Trump will regret it.
Like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie recalled that this is an election year in the United States. He called on “those who care” to “move more than their mouths” and go to vote, since “the future is in their hands”.