Legendary rock band U2 is now in its 40th year in the music industry. In addition to its music, the band’s lead singer, Bono, is a human rights activist who is well-known for his philanthropic work worldwide.
During an interview on CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with Bono about his music, activism, and his views on the presidential race. Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, said that the music created by U2 has always been wrapped around social justice, which was his gateway to becoming an activist.
Rose asked the rock star if Republican candidate Donald Trump stirkes him as a person of change, or if he had other thoughts about him. Bono responded, saying:
‘Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with. But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America, potentially. It could destroy it, because of what we’re saying, because America’s not just a country. Ireland is a nice country. Great Britain is a great country — all the rest of it. It’s not an idea. America is an idea, and that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all… equality and justice for all, you know? I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think it’s — this is really dangerous.’
Rose then asked Bono why he thought the race was so tight between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who is also former secretary of state, former United States senator and first lady, and her Republican rival Donald Trump.
Bono replied, saying this:
‘I would not diminish Trump supporters or underestimate their angst, because I feel that in a way, they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven’t yet become clear.
‘In other words, you’re saying their angst is real and genuine, a sense that, “I worry about my country and where it is,.”
The U2 legend agreed with Charlie, telling him that there are very real problems facing not only America, but Europe as well. Although Bono is Irish and cannot vote, he says that he will still voice his opinion that whoever sits in the oval office immensely effects everyone in the world.
Watch Bono’s full interview below courtesy of YouTube:
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