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Aging Rocker Springsteen 'Embarrassed' by Trump

Department of Who Cares What Bruce Springsteen Thinks:

Bruce Springsteen, a once proud American with his song “Born in the USA” said at a concert in Australia he’s embarrassed to be an American. The 67-year-old addressed the crowd as “embarrassed Americans” referring to President Trump in the White House in a newly-surfaced clip from his show in Melbourne Monday night.

He sang a cover of “Don’t Hang Up” mocking Trump’s phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He said, “We stand before you embarrassed Americans. This is a song from 1965 by The Orlons and we’re going to use it to send a letter back home.” Springsteen also announced his band is a part of the resistance against the Trump administration.

Well, bully for him. Springsteen’s “working class hero” act — he bought a $14 million mansion in the wealthy Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles in 1990 — never was particularly believable, but by now it’s grown tiresome. And have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of “Born in the USA”? The song is an indictment of America, not a celebration of country:

Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up.

Doesn’t that just make you want to wave Old Glory?

Springsteen said he planned to do his best to play a “very, very small part” in trying to ensure America maintains its ideals. He also added that there were “plenty of good, solid folks that voted for Donald Trump” and the outcome of the election is that Americans can now see that there are millions of people in the United States who think differently than they do.

I think we already knew that, Bruce. Why do you think Trump won the election?