Bruce Springsteen goes by nickname “The Boss.” Donald Trump played a boss on TV. That’s about all the two men have in common. (An unofficial poll finds that more Americans think Springsteen deserves the title.) Springsteen’s art is political — it’s fueled by the plights and lives of real people, that is. But Donald Trump is such a danger that it’s forcing Springsteen to opine personally about the election, not just in his music.
Springsteen says that Trump “simply has no sense of decency and no sense of responsibility.” Springsteen warns of the danger in Trump’s repeatedly calling the election rigged — saying Trump is “such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes.” That’s a concern even though Springsteen is convinced Trump is “going to lose and he knows that.” Because the damage he can do to Americans’ confidence in their political system is serious. And Trump can do that damage even if — especially if — he loses. “I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can,” Springsteen says.