Bono Declares War On Trump
In an interview with Rolling Stone published Wednesday, U2 lead singer Bono declared war on President Donald Trump. “There’s a bully on the bully pulpit and silence is not an option,” said the iconic, activist singer.
Bono addressed Trump’s presidency repeatedly in the interview, at times specifically prompted by the interviewer. In one question, Rolling Stone asked the singer about an overtly political change in one of the band’s most famous songs, “Bullet the Blue Sky,” during a performance on The Tonight Show just weeks before the election. Bono added some lyrics that were “unambiguously” about then-candidate Trump. (Transcript of Bono’s extended rant about Trump in the song at Dreamfest below.)
“Is that a sign you’re going to become (even more) vocal about the dangers he poses to the world?” the interviewer asked.
“It is a little bit of a departure as I’ve always believed in working across the aisle as an anti-poverty activist but this isn’t a matter of right or left,” said Bono. “There’s a bully on the bully pulpit and silence is not an option.”
Earlier in the interview, Bono was asked if “the chaos of Brexit, Trump and everything else” shaped the direction of the new album, Songs of Experience. “Would it have been a very different album had those things not happened?” the interviewer asked.
“On the latter part of the question, it’s hard to quantify but I would say the emotional temperature is up about 25 percent,” said Bono.