The frontman for U2, Bono, has claimed President Trump was the reason for the delay on their new album. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone that was published on Wednesday, Bono claimed “there’s a couple of reasons why we delayed Songs of Experience. One personal, one political.”

“The world around us was certainly changing out of all recognition, we nearly lost the European Union, something that has helped keep the peace in our region for nearly 70 years,” he said during the interview. “Globalization replaced with localization is somewhat understandable, but the return of hard right views is not to be tolerated. If Marie La Pen had been elected president of France, the whole idea of a European Union would have been vulnerable.”

“You’ve had the same sort of disaffection in the United States with the rise of a new kind of constituency, people on the both left and right who have lost faith in political process, the body politic, in political institutions,” he continued.  “These sentiments are easily played and manipulated by the likes of Donald Trump.”

Bono also claimed, “for the first time in many years, maybe in our lifetime, the moral arc of the universe, as Dr. King used to call it, was not bending in the direction of fairness, equality, and justice for all.”

“The baseness of political debate, the jingoism, the atavistic fervor of Trump’s verbiage reminded us that we were dreaming if we thought evolution applied to consciousness,” he said. “Democracy is a blip in history and it requires a lot of focus and concentration to keep it intact.”

According to the aging musician, one of the songs from the new album, “The Blackout,” started as a song about Bono’s situation but soon turned political.

Bono claims it “started off its life about a more personal apocalypse, some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality but then segued into the political dystopia that we’re heading towards now.”

The lyrics “Dinosaur, wonders why it still walks the earth. A meteor promises it’s not going to hurt,” he said, “would have been a funny line about an aging rock star. It’s a little less funny if we’re talking about democracy and old certainties – like truth.”

“The second verse, ‘Statues fall, democracy is flat on its back, Jack. We had it all and what we had is not coming back, Zac. A big mouth says the people they don’t want to be free for free. The blackout, is this an extinction event we see?’ goes straight to the bigger picture of what’s at stake in the world right now,” he continued.

“It is a little bit of a departure as I’ve always believed in working across the aisle as an anti-poverty activist but this isn’t a matter of right or left,” he explained, referring to U2 confronting the President through their music. “There’s a bully on the bully pulpit and silence is not an option.”

“It’s a strange place we find ourselves in. It’s dangerous out there when you have a little emperor there with a bad haircut and his finger on the nuclear arsenal,” he added.

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Sources:

Breitbart

 

  • 0bsoleteMan

    I hope Trump keeps up the good work.

    • Robert Melford Nickerson

      likeall as soon as they get famous it goes to their head

      • John Smith

        it must be all the dope and booze hitting their EGO

  • Ben Yesha

    Abd here I was thinking that only 14 years have passed since 1993.
    Thanks for math lesson Bono.

    • TXPatriot_73

      Current year is 2017.. it’s been 24 years since 1993.

  • David Watts

    “‘Statues fall, democracy is flat on its back, Jack. We had it all and what we had is not coming back, Zac. A big mouth says the people they don’t want to be free for free. The blackout, is this an extinction event we see?”

    My god what a poet… if this is the finest flower of Western Civilization, let the Muslims destroy it. KIDDING. Then again, Bono is just a has-been dwarf, he is beyond irrelevant…

    • Anthony Mxyzptlk

      David – It sounds like Mr. Hewson may be too much in love with his lyrics, not sharing the view of others that they are merely doggerel. I don’t see him getting a Nobel prize for Literature like Bob Dylan, though.

  • the_npp

    Liberalism requires people being stupid. Case in point:
    Bono “… European Union, something that has helped keep the peace in our region for nearly 70 years, …”
    Fact: Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Fact #2: The Bosnian War was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.

    • Anthony Mxyzptlk

      NPP – not to mention the violence in Northern Ireland, the Red Brigade in Italy, the Iranian-state sponsored terrorist killings in Germany, France, Sweden, and Eastern Europe, the Western European air attack on Libya for no justifiable reason, and a few dozen other events.

      • Thomas

        That would be Saudi state sponsored, not Iranian

    • Paul

      NATO is what’s kept the peace in Europe not the EU. Without NATO Europe would have been part of the Soviet Union. I worry that once the EU has its Army that they’ll start behaving a lot more like the USSR.

      • Firestar45

        Well, they will be Muslim by then, so….

  • Meg Bova

    BONO YOUR AN IDIOT. I DONT THINK ANYONE CARES ABOUT YOUR ALBUM. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR BIG MOUTH IS AND HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR VET’S. INSTEAD OF TAKING THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY FOR YOUR DRUG DRIVEN MUSIC.

  • Walter Sponaugle

    Please stay out of the USA… Boner

  • Janine Ferris Hosseini

    Oy vey.

  • Corey Gray

    Umm…Bono…you’re a few years up on me, and *I* vividly remember the EU forming…after I graduated high school, in 1988.

    Not “70 years”…”30″…while six member countries have CONSTANTLY been at war, four new countries have formed as a result of civil wars in the Union, and three countries have decided they made a mistake in backing it, though only one has formally withdrawn.

  • EJ Harof

    Oh and no one knows who they are these days

  • susanlangley

    I didn’t know the EU is that old, that wise, or that powerful. Guess again, Bono. The strength, economic and military of the US has kept what peace we have had for the last 70 years. The EU has been coasting along and is now reaping what it has sown. Good luck.

  • DVCap

    U2 hasn’t had a decent song in 15 years

  • Rusty Esq

    Some of what Bono says makes sense. Tearing down statues? I would suggest most people believe this is bad – and Trump was one of the few leaders who spoke out comdemning it from day one. Bono seems confused here.

    Bono also called Trump a bully. I’m unsure of Bono’s point. Is it that Trump isn’t weak, is it Trump’s unrefined language, is it that he takes a side? Hillary took sides too. In fact, I seem to recall an exit speech by Hillary that explicitly excluded little boys and only included little girls. Was that OK with Bono? I don’t recall Trump excluding any American citizens, you know, like Hillary did.

    As for Bono’s comment “for the first time in many years, maybe in our lifetime, the moral arc of the universe, as Dr. King used to call it, was not bending in the direction of fairness, equality, and justice for all.”, does Bono mean Hillary style when he talks about equality and justice (eg. The quote about little girls above), or does he mean more of the Ars Technica style of using “white male privilege” as an insult to stifle argument when you don’t have evidence? I’d say that Trump is the first candidate in a long time to oppose such petty racism and sexism.

    Maybe, Bono should take his own advice. He’s white and male, so he should just shut the fuck up and go away. That’s his brand of equality and justice, isn’t it?

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      racism and sexism were never petty
      whether their remedies have gone to far, is a fair point
      that they’ve been exploited by the Left is arguable

  • scriptysandra

    WOW, Bono. Really? The European Union is a good thing??? Trump is bad??? Have you read that Bible you grew up with lately? So you’d have preferred Hillary? The liar, thief and murderer??? To say I am in shock at your sentiments would be about right. And massively disappointed in you.

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      the EU is a better option than fighting another world war I or world war II
      that’s why they created it

      • RBLan

        You may be right, Dante, because who could possibly deny that without the following EU regulation the continent would have been embroiled in an endless series of bloody wars:

        Regulation No. 2257/94: the Bendy Banana Law

        “The regulation applies to unripened green bananas, and thus to growers and wholesalers rather than retailers. The main provisions of the regulation were that bananas sold as unripened, green bananas should be green and unripened, firm and intact, fit for human consumption, not “affected by rotting”, clean, free of pests and damage from pests, free from deformation or abnormal curvature, free from bruising, free of any foreign smell or taste. The minimum size (with tolerances and exceptions) is a length of 14 cm and a thickness (grade) of 2.7 cm. It specifies minimum standards for specific quality classifications of bananas (Extra, Class I, Class II). Only Extra class bananas have to comply fully with the shape specifications. Class II bananas, for instance are permitted to have “defects of shape”; Class I bananas are permitted only “slight defects of shape”. This is not true, however, of the size specifications; sale of bananas below the minimum size is almost always prohibited (with exceptions only for bananas from a few regions where bananas are traditionally smaller).” –Wikipedia

  • Anya Williams

    I find it funny people constantly call Trump a bully. Do they every wonder why people would elect a bully? The kid on the playground getting bullied constantly is going to find a bully to protect them from other bullies.

    • TXPatriot_73

      The left is so used to having “conservatives” and RINO’s who don’t fight back against their Marxist agendas that they don’t know what to do when a true leader takes the reigns.

    • GTKRWN

      Communists aren’t people.

  • cbard

    Bono actually considers Trump and conservatives to be pushing amorality? What a laugh by yet another celebrity hypocrite.

  • Mark Adler

    Excuse me but did we not already throw the Red Coats out?

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      i think he’s irish
      they threw the british out too

  • Firestar45

    Bono is a mental defective.

  • M&M

    Bono is such an idiot. a few years ago he claimed he wrote the song “New Years Day” in honor of Martin Luther King. Because American celebrates Martin Luther King work on New Years Day. Which he was corrected fast on when we honor MLK, since he has been back peddling on his statement and points out his intentions

  • Scott Heaton

    Too bad he’s going down this path. He actually used his wealth to create jobs for poor people, instead of using his influence to push for government intervention. Hope he finds his way again.

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      it’s hard not to be sanctimonious when you wakeup with a microphone in your hand
      like marriage, fame does something weird to people

  • PurePatriot

    Does anyone outside of the communist (Democrats), Hollywood idiots, self-absorbed political hacks (the McCain, McConnell, Ryan, types), the lazy welfare parasites, really care what this over-paid racket-maker thinks or says? Heck, it seems I’ve covered most of the country but the fact is, they are the minority. They seem to be the majority because they are the loudest. We need to shut them down by whatever means necessary if we want the country to survive.

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      given the democratic candidate got more than 3 millions votes, you can’t say they’re the minority.
      but i get your point — it’s pretty much a 50/50 country

  • Dude67

    Trump keep annoying all the right losers. 2020!!!!

  • Dante Alighieri ????

    Wow, what a tame article about a somewhat holier-than-thou limousine liberal.

  • GTKRWN

    I hope one day Trump will be remembered in the history books as “He made the helicopters fly on time.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8839139a2f052f8c5374c791af42b2373b75f3528adbf45dd6accced6a2fd215.jpg

  • Elizabeth Moore

    oh Bono what a pansy.

  • shhhhh

    Lil Bono, can you show us on the doll where Mr. Trump’s words touched you?… What a dolt

  • Anya Williams

    U2 is right. I too didn’t get a report done because of Trump and everything going on. My job performance expectations need to be lowered due due to Trump being president. In fact, I may not get anything done today. I’m sure my employer will understand.

  • Chesapeake

    All his slobbering HRC songs about being the first female president aren’t going to work.