Give it up for U2. Playing in Las Vegas, America’s gambling capital, Bono turned a performance of “Desire” into a bit of Orwellian theater.
Bono: “Las Vegas, are you ready to gamble?”
Cut to Donald on the big screen: “What do you have to lose?”
Bono: “Are you ready to gamble your car?”
The birther-in-chief on the big screen: “What do you have to lose?”
Bono: “Are you ready to gamble your house? Are you ready to gamble the American Dream?”
Trump: “The American Dream is dead!”
Bono: “The American Dream is alive! No, you can’t deny her, D-e-s-i-r-e!”
Meanwhile, in other news, Bruce Springsteen made his own case against Donald. Asked by Rolling Stone what he thought of the the Trump phenomenon, he offered this:
Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. 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.
I believe that there’s a price being paid for not addressing the real cost of the deindustrialization and globalization that has occurred in the United States for the past 35, 40 years and how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution. And Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.
You can read the rest of the interview here. It’s also worth reading the Hillary endorsement from the Cincinnati Enquirer, an Ohio paper, which–until now–has endorsed GOP candidates for the better part of a century.