Bruce Springsteen Tells Australia Audience He’s ‘Embarrassed’ to Be American


The Boss says he’s an “embarrassed American,” thanks to President Donald Trump.

Bruce Springsteen, perhaps best known for his hit album “Born in the USA,” addressed a packed crowd at a concert in Melbourne and said: “We stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight!”

“This is a song from 1965 by The Orlons and we’re going to use it to send a letter back home,” Springsteen told the crowd before singing a cover of “Don’t Hang Up” to mock Trump’s controversial phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

It seems the 67-year-old E Street Band leader is using his tour across the Australian continent to take shots at the Trump administration.

Earlier this week, Springsteen called Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program “fundamentally un-American.”

“Tonight we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country — the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees,” he told the audience at a concert in Australia on Monday.

“America is a nation of immigrants,” Springsteen added. “And we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.”

President Trump signed an executive order last Friday which suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and prohibited the arrival of Syrian refugees into the United States and halted entry of citizens from countries including Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

On Friday, a federal judge in Washington State granted a nationwide emergency order blocking Trump’s executive order.


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