“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically,” he said of Trump. “The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy.”
But he has yet to go out on the campaign trail — something that he did for Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008, and for John Kerry in 2004.
Asked why he hasn’t been involved this year, Springsteen told the magazine, “I don’t know if we’ve been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes.”
Springsteen said that entertainers and performers had a “limited impact.”
“I haven’t really lost faith in what I consider to be the small amount of impact that somebody in rock music might be able to have,” he said. “I don’t think people go to musicians for their political points of view. I think your political point of view is circumstances and then how you were nurtured and brought up. But it’s worth giving a shot when it’s the only thing you have.”
In addition to his campaign appearances, Springsteen also played at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial before Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Although he was critical of Trump, he said that “there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems.”