Bruce Springsteen Says He Feels a Special "Kind of Fear" Over Donald Trump's "Competence" as President
During an interview on Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast, the singer shared his concern that the "worst aspects he appealed to [will] come to fruition."
Will the next Bruce Springsteen album include songs about President-elect Donald Trump? Not exactly, said the Boss in a new interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.
"I haven’t written about it. It takes a while to digest all those things," he told Maron. "I don’t know if I will ’cause I don’t go, "OK, I need a Trump album. That’s what’s got to come next.' "
Springsteen said he writes from "inside out," and if he is inspired by something internally, "I can make a record based on what I can write about at a given moment."
"Sometimes it ends up being topical. Sometimes it doesn’t," he said. "But we’ve got a good arsenal of material right now that we can go out and sort of put in service."
Private citizen Springsteen said he does have his concerns about the next four years and about whether Trump is competent enough to lead the country.
"I've felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now," he said. "It's as simple as the fear of: Is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?"
Springsteen is also concerned that the "worst aspects that [Trump] appealed to [will] come to fruition."
"When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance — they don’t go back in the bottle that easily, if they go back in at all," said Springsteen. "Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American ... that’s what he's appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society and the country changes in a way that is unrecognizable, and we become estranged. You say, ‘Hey, well, wait a minute, you voted for Trump? I thought I knew who you were.’ You feel very estranged from your country."
He was also critical of Trump's choices for his incoming Cabinet, adding, "That doesn't speak very well for what's coming up."
Springsteen still has faith, however, that "America is still America."
"I still believe in its ideals, and I'm going to do my best to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things," he said.
Listen to the podcast at wtfpod.com.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.