20 Apr 2017 02:54 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Bruce Springsteen (Image Source: Takahiro Kyono via Wikimedia Commons)
Bruce Springsteen has not been shy about expressing his feelings for Donald Trump.
And now he's taken it a step further and has released a song bashing the President, called "That's What Makes Us Great."
Back in September the Boss talked about his feelings for the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician: "Well, you now, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically."
He went on to explain, "The ideas he's moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement."
"The outrageous things that he's done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately," he said.
Weeks before Trump took office, Springsteen described his fear.
"It's as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?" he asked.
He then added, "America is still America. I still believe in its ideals, and I'm going to do my part to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things."
With Trump having been in office now three months, Springsteen and his collaborator Joe Grushecky have created a new protest song. It made its debut on both SiriusXM and Grushecky's website.
The lyrics include, "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."
"I sent it to him and he liked it," explained the Pittsburgh rocker of his songwriting treatment with Springsteen. "I said, 'What do you think about singing on it?' He gave it the Bruce treatment."
As a side note, he said that the President "lost [him] the moment he started making fun of special needs people." He asked, "How could a person like that be president of the United States?"
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