Famed New Jersey rock star Bruce Springsteen has made his political leanings publicly known before, but no more so than during the 2016 presidential election season when he came out full force in support of failed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and made clear how much he despised eventual winner President Donald Trump.
Now, Springsteen has transformed his anti-Trump thinking into song with the help of long-time friend and musical collaborator Joe Grushecky on a track titled “That’s What Makes Us Great,” according to Pitchfork.
The song takes aim at both Trump and his administration, labeling them “a con man and his crooks,” among other things.
The news first broke in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an interview with Grushecky about the song that was written in January. Grushecky stated, “I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking. I sent it to him and he liked it. I said, ‘What do you think about singing on it?’ He gave it the Bruce treatment.”
“(Trump) lost me the moment he started making fun of special needs people. How could a person like that be president of the United States?” Grushecky said of the inspiration for the song. “Regardless of all the other (stuff), that to me is appalling. I have special needs people in my family and in my neighborhood. I worked with special needs people my whole life and I was really offended by it.”
Except that Trump never actually made fun of special needs people. And even though it has been explained countless times to liberals, they still insist on claiming he did so.
The song itself is largely focused on immigration and “alternative facts,” and was put together separately with Grushecky and the band The Houserockers working together in the studio while Springsteen emailed his portion of the track for them to add in later, according to the Post-Gazette.
The chorus of the song, which is sung together as a duet, proclaimed, “It’s up to me and you / Love can conquer hate / I know this to be true / That’s what makes us great.”
According to Smokeroom, Springsteen’s verse stated, ““Don’t tell me a lie / And sell it as a fact / I’ve been down that road before / And I ain’t going back. / And don’t you brag to me / That you never read a book / I never put my faith / In a con man and his crooks.”
Of course, Springsteen has every right to put his liberalism into song and set his hate for the president to music, which is indeed one of the things that makes this country greater than any other. Could the same be said of a Chinese, North Korean, Russian or Venezuelan version of Springsteen? Doubtful.
That said, there are a lot of Americans — some of whom perhaps used to enjoy listening to Springsteen’s many earlier hits — who are supportive of Trump and don’t particularly care for celebrities using their elevated status and societal megaphone to trash the president, and by extension, his supporters.
It remains to be seen just how well the song will sell now that Springsteen has written off virtually half of the country by mocking the president and calling him a “con man.”
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