By Nick Romano
Updated September 23, 2016 at 07:47 PM EDT
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According to Bruce Springsteen, the nation is “under siege by a moron” — and that moron is Donald Trump.

The Boss himself offered a verbal smackdown of the Republican presidential nominee in a new interview for Rolling Stone. “The republic is under siege by a moron, basically,” he said. “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 rocker continued the anti-Trump train by pointing out the “white nationalism and the alt-right movement” that have emerged, and some of Trump’s “outrageous” actions, like “not immediately disavowing [former Ku Klux Klan leader] David Duke.”

“These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate,” he added. “It would sink your candidacy immediately.”

Springsteen theorized the rise of Trump as a side effect of “the deindustrialization and globalization,” citing “how it’s deeply affected people’s lives and deeply hurt people to where they want someone who says they have a solution.” He continued, “Trump’s thing is simple answers to very complex problems. Fallacious answers to very complex problems. And that can be very appealing.”

Other musicians who’ve spoken out harshly against Trump include Barbra Streisand, Bono, and Madonna, while plenty more celebrities have joined Team Hillary.

“I like Hillary,” Springsteen concluded. “I think she would be a very, very good president.”