Bono has warned voters in America not to usher in Donald Trump as the next President.
The U2 frontman said the Republican nominee had “hijacked the party” and “hijacked the idea of America”.
“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,” Bono told Charlie Rose in an interview on PBS, which you can watch below.
“It could destroy it… America is an idea, and that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all – equality and justice for all, you know?… I don’t think he’s a Republican. I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think it’s – this is really dangerous. People of conscience should not let this man turn your country into a casino.”
The close battle Trump is in with Hillary Clinton is not an accident, the singer also claims but a result of genuine fears some Americans have about the nation’s future.
“I would not diminish Trump supporters or underestimate their angst, because I feel that in a way, they have correctly assessed that the centre parties haven’t yet become clear,” he added.
“[But] there are very real problems facing not just America, but facing Europe. And remember, who’s in the White House? I’m Irish. I don’t have a vote. And I can’t be telling people how to vote and don’t want to, but I have a voice, and I can say that who sits in that office really affects everyone in this world.”
The singer was reportedly rescued by armed police while dining in a restaurant in Nice during the recent terror attacks in the French city.