Rocker Bruce Springsteen went after President Donald Trump for his handling of coronavirus deaths in the latest episode of his From My Home to Yours series on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio channel. But the New Jersey native failed to mention his home state Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who is facing mounting criticism for ordering nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients, which is believed to have worsened the state’s death toll.
New Jersey has the second highest coronavirus death rate in the country, just behind New York. Bruce Springsteen launched his anti-Trump speech in Wednesday’s installment of his satellite radio series, telling the commander in the chief to “put on a fucking mask.”
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“With 100,000 plus Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off,” Springsteen said. “Those lives deserve better than being simply inconvenient statistics for our president’s reelection efforts. It’s a national disgrace.”
The Boss continued: “Instead of celebrating the joys of summer today, we will be contemplating our current circumstances with the coronavirus and the cost it has drawn from our nation. We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased and the families they have left behind.”
Springsteen then sarcastically dedicated a song to President Trump.
“So, if you are ready for a rock & roll requiem, stay tuned. I’m going to start out by sending one to the man sitting behind the resolute desk,” he said. “With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a fucking mask.”
Springsteen, who hails from Freehold, New Jersey, made no mention of his state’s COVID-19 death toll, which stands as the second highest in the country. New Jersey’s death rate from coronavirus is currently 144 per 100,000 people, behind only New York, which is 159 out of 100,000 people.
New Jersey Gov. Murphy is facing blame for sending COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes while shutting down small businesses and prohibiting outdoor activities like jogging. Gov. Murphy issued an executive order in March requiring elder care facilities to accept COVID-19 patients being discharged from hospitals, despite evidence showing that it could put nursing home residents in danger.
Gov. Murphy recently extended New Jersey’s state of emergency for another 30 days as the state continues to grapple with the Chinese virus.
The anti-Trump Bruce Springsteen recently demanded “systemic changes” in the country’s “law enforcement departments” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.