Bono talked "embarrassing" Republican candidate Donald Trump in a new interview on CBS This Morning. The U2 frontman sat down this past Tuesday night (Sept. 20) with host Charlie Rose and claims that he will be beginning a new activism side gig following four decades of philanthropy.
After Rose asked him if he thinks Trump will serve as a “change agent” for America, Bono said, “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… America is an idea, and that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all, you know?…”
He went on to say that he doesn’t see Trump as a Republican as much as someone who is “trying to hijack the idea of America.” He feels that if Trump is elected, he will turn the country into a “casino.”
CBS News reports that Bono did not discount Trump supporter’s fears during the interview, saying, “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.”
He went on to say that there are “very real problems” facing both the United States and Europe, and that who wins the election has the ability to really effect the world.
Back in August, Bono dropped hints that his band U2 is planning to kick off a tour in 2017, as well as releasing a new album. The 2017 tour will count as the second half of the Songs of Innocence World Tour. Their Songs of Experience album may still be released in 2016 as guitarist the Edge predicted in June, but a 2017 release is more likely.