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Bruce Springsteen criticizes Trump in new protest song

‘That’s What Makes Us Great’ is a collaboration with longtime collaborator Joe Grushecky

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Bruce Springsteen and longtime collaborator Joe Grushecky debuted a new song that criticizes President Donald Trump via SiriusXM’s E Street Radio station on Wednesday morning. On the cut, titled “That’s What Makes Us Great,” Springsteen alludes to Trump with lyrics like “Don’t tell me a lie and sell it as a fact” and “Don’t you brag to me that you never read a book.”

“I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking,” Grushecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I sent it to him and he liked it.” That led the Boss to “[give] it the Bruce treatment.” Grushecky said that Trump “lost me the moment he started making fun of special needs people. How could a person like that be president of the United States?”

Grushecky and Springsteen have worked together for decades. Springsteen produced American Babylon, Grushecky’s album with his band The Houserockers, in 1995; Springsteen won a Grammy in 2005 for the live version of a song he had written with Grushecky, “Code of Silence.”

Springsteen has been outspoken in opposition to Trump. “I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” he told Marc Maron shortly before Trump’s January inauguration. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?” In an October conversation with New Yorker editor David Remnick prior to the election, Springsteen noted he was “afraid of [Trump’s] lasting effect on the country.”

Head over to Grushecky’s website to hear “That’s What Makes Us Great.”