NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen said he doesn’t believe Donald Trump was born to run for president during an interview in front of a crowd of 1,500 people Friday night.
“I predict he will not win. But I do believe he’s done a lot of damage already,” Springsteen told a full house at Town Hall in Manhattan . “I’m a little afraid of his lasting effect on the country.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made the comments in response to a question from interviewer David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker. Remnick did the Q & A with Springsteen as part of the magazine’s 17th annual New Yorker Festival, a weekend of talks and events at venues in the city. It also comes in conjunction with the release last month of Springsteen’s widely acclaimed autobiography, “Born to Run.”
Springsteen expressed some alarm that Trump’s candidacy has energized political forces such as what he termed the “alt right” and said there’s nothing entertaining about Trump’s candidacy.
“When he [Trump] was just a…bloviating New York billionaire he was highly entertaining,” Springsteen said.
There was no mention of the issue now surrounding Trump’s campaign, the 2005 tape that showed the republican candidate speaking about how he tried to seduce then “Access Hollywood” co-host Nancy O’Dell. Trump also is heard in the video saying he gets his way with women because of his celebrity status.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pu**y. You can do anything,” Trump said in the video.
When Remnick asked if the rock star was planning to help defeat Trump, Springsteen paused and said, “Sure,” with a smile, although he added he didn’t have any action in mind.
The 90-minute interview in front of about 1,500 people focused mostly on music and Springsteen’s career and personal life. But there was also a question about his thoughts on President Obama, for whom the 67-year-old rocker actively campaigned.
“I’m still a fan of President Obama,” Springsteen told Remnick. (But) “I’d have liked to have seen a lot of things go further”. He specifically cited health care reforms and the Dodd-Frank bill which reformed financial industry regulation.
“I think he’ll be remembered as a good president.”