Springsteen calls Trump ‘great embarrassment’ to US

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NEW YORK: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has described Donald Trump as an embarrassment to the United States, saying the Republican presidential candidate is a demagogue with simple solutions. Springsteen, who has dramatized the plight of working-class Americans in his music, said he understands how Trump could seem “compelling” to people who are economically insecure. “The absurdity is beyond cartoon-like. But he’s gotten close enough [to the White House]so it can make you nervous,” he told “Skavlan,” a talk show in Norway and Sweden, during an interview released Friday. “I don’t think he’s going to win, but even him running is a great embarrassment if you’re an American,” he said. Trump knows how to tell voters “some of the things they want to hear,” he added, including to people “uncomfortable with the browning of America.” “We have certain problems in the United States—tremendous inequality of wealth distribution—that makes for ripe ground for demagoguery,” Springsteen said. Springsteen recorded the interview ahead of next week’s release of his memoir “Born to Run,” which describes his childhood in New Jersey and rise to fame.

AFP

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