Bruce Springsteen Last-Minute Clinton Rally: Trump ‘Going Down’

Associated Press

Veteran rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined President Obama, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton at an election-eve rally for the Democratic candidate in Philadelphia Monday night, where the two performed hours before polls were set to open across the country on Tuesday.

Springsteen, a vocal celebrity surrogate for Clinton in recent months, performed songs including “Dancing in the Dark,” “Long Walk Home” — which he described as a prayer for after the election — and his hit “Thunder Road.”

“The choice tomorrow couldn’t be any clearer,” Springsteen told rallygoers near the city’s Independence Hall. “Hillary’s candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation and on an actual vision of an America where everyone counts, men and women, white and black, Hispanic and native, where folks of all faiths and backgrounds can come together to address our problems in a reasonable and thoughtful way.”

Without naming Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, Springsteen described the Republican candidate as a “man whose vision is limited to little beyond himself” and who has a “profound lack of decency.”

“Tomorrow, those ideas and that campaign is going down,” he said. “Let’s all do our part so that we can look back on 2016 and say, ‘We stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history.'”

Springsteen has been an outspoken critic of Trump; in an interview last month, the 67-year-old E Street Band leader called Trump a “moron” whose candidacy represents a “tragedy for our democracy.”

Meanwhile, Bon Jovi added his own endorsement of the Democratic candidate at Monday nigth’s rally.

“I am a Republican. I am a gun owner. I am a Catholic. And I am with her,” the 54-year-old New Jersey native said.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi were just two of the handful of celebrities who have stumped for Clinton in the campaign’s closing days. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony played a concert in support of Clinton in Miami last week while Beyoncé, Jay Z and Chance the Rapper performed at a free concert in Cleveland Friday night. Longtime supporter Katy Perry performed in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Madonna reportedly performed a surprise concert in New York City’s Washington Square Park in support of Clinton Monday night, while Lady Gaga was set to appear alongside Clinton at a midnight rally in North Carolina.


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