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July 19, 2019

Bruce Springsteen doesn’t currently ‘see anyone out there’ who can beat Trump in 2020

December 2, 2018
Bruce Springsteen says he doesn’t “see anyone out there at the moment” likely to defeat Trump in 2020. (Brian Ach / Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Fo)

Bruce Springsteen has made it clear he’s no fan of Donald Trump – but that doesn’t mean The Boss has a ton of faith that he won’t still be sitting pretty in the Oval Office come 2020.

The rocker explained in a new interview that he’s not impressed with the potential Democratic candidates potentially giving Trump a run for his money in the next presidential election.

“I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,” Springsteen told The Sunday Times. “You need someone who can speak some of the same language [as Trump] … and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”

Names floating for a possible 2020 run include Beto O’Rourke, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in last month’s midterm elections, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Springsteen has not held back in his feelings toward Trump, branding him a "moron."
Springsteen has not held back in his feelings toward Trump, branding him a “moron.” (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

The midterm elections fell short of the “blue wave” Democrats had been hoping for, but the party did win a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010.

“Yeah, it was nice to get the House back, but I’d like to have seen a much more full-throated [rejection] of the past two years,” Springsteen said. “The country is very divided right now — there are a lot of people drinking the snake oil. So it’s a very difficult time here in the States.”

Don’t go thinking he’s setting the stage for a run of his own, though: “At the end of the day, you’re just a musician with a loud mouth,” he said of himself.

With politics out of the question, Springsteen said he’s hard at work on a new album as he prepares to wrap his solo show “Springsteen on Broadway.”

The New Jersey native, 69, actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton leading up to the 2016 election, and has not stayed quiet on his bitter feelings toward Trump in the aftermath, frequently ripping him as a “moron” and an egotist.

“(He) has no interest in uniting the country and actually has an interest in doing the opposite and dividing us, which he does on an almost daily basis,” Springsteen told Esquire last month. “That’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned. It’s an awful, awful message to send out into the world. You are intentionally trying to disenfranchise a large portion of America. That’s unforgivable.”

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