Rock music icon Bruce Springsteen, a high-profile Democratic donor, questioned President-elect Donald Trump's competency in an interview published Monday.
"I've felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now," Springsteen told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. "It's as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?"
Springsteen said he is afraid of what he sees as the effect Trump has had on the future of the US.
"When you let that genie out of the bottle -- bigotry, racism, intolerance, they don't go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all," he said. "Whether it's a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That's what he's appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society."
Springsteen goes on to say that there are good people who voted for Trump, though I often have trouble seeing that, but that there were others with an "agenda." I will assume that he is referring to the racists.
Springsteen is a multimillionaire who will easily survive this Trump presidency.
But he is also very attached to the working class mentality, so when he says he is afraid he is likely channeling a fear that he has for those people whose lives will be dramatically impacted by what Trump does in these next four years.
It will be interesting to see how many of those folks, who believed they were voting for change in our political system, respond to the kind of corruption that will surely permeate every policy decision that Donald Trump makes.
If they thought politics was ugly before, they have not seen anything yet.