Lest there be any confusion, Bono made clear he’s no fan of President Trump.
The U2 front man derided the president in a Rolling Stone interview, calling America’s head of state a “post-truth president” and describing the Trump presidency as “the bleakest era since Nixon.”
The singer said President Trump unsettled assumptions about the trajectory of western politics.
“In the Western world, in our lifetime, there has never been a moment, until very recently, when fairness and equality was not improving. There were setbacks, but it was as if the world was on a trajectory toward fairness and justice and equality for all.”
After the election of the New York billionaire, Bono said “People’s innocence had died. And a generation that had grown up thinking that the human spirit had a natural evolution toward fairness and justice was learning this might not be the case.”
“My attitude was, ‘OK, good. Now it is time we wake up and realize we can’t take any of this for granted.’ Big primates have been around a lot longer than democracy, and this dude who shall not be named – he is just a new manifestation of that big primate.”
The 57-year-old Irish recording artist described President Trump as representing “fascism.”
“We got shook,” he said. “Even in Europe, people have forgotten what fascism did to them. Whether it was fascism described as Stalin or Mao in the state communism, whatever you want to call it. It is forgotten.”
For Bono, the president engages in the “demonizing of ‘the other.’”
“Democracy is a remarkable conceit that depends on an effective news media,” he asserted. “So ‘fake news’ is not a fake threat. You have a post-truth president leading a post-trust country.”
Asked if there’s hope after Trump, Bono responded, “I think the moment just has to be reclaimed. This is surely the bleakest era since Nixon.”
The singer shared his thoughts on what led to President Trump’s election.
“What also should be easy to read are the lessons the left and right need to learn from how this absurdity came about. It shouldn’t take a reality-TV star to read the boos and hisses of discontent people ready to roll the dice on business not as usual. We all need to do a better job of understanding where that anger and sense of displacement comes from.”
Bono has spoken out against the president before, criticizing his decision to rescind President Obama’s DACA amnesty program.
The U2 vocalist has also expressed non-liberal views.
In the same Rolling Stone interview, Bono described modern popular music as “very girly,” to the chagrin of liberals.
In 2013, he called capitalism a “cure” for global poverty.
U2′s Bono: Capitalism is only way to end poverty http://t.co/3mjiNDOcsI
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 14, 2013
Earlier this year, the artist received backlash for showing respect to Vice President Mike Pence.
It looks like celebrities can’t get it right–or wrong–all the time.