Hollywood and the media are willing to swallow any and all negativity geared towards President Trump and his administration.
U2’s lead singer Bono decided to gripe about Trump in his latest interview with Rolling Stone. His complaint? The president and the vice-president did nothing to stop cuts to PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). But Bono went a step further, saying: “I realized I couldn’t work with this president whether he wanted to or not, because you can’t believe what he says.”
Even though the proposed cuts to PEPFAR were never made, Bono, a self-described activist, didn’t thank either Trump or Pence for preserving the foreign aid. Even though he admitted that Pence “stood up and fought for [PEPFAR] in Congress when I was there,” Bono thought it was Congress, not the administration, that was responsible for “stopping the cuts from going through.”
His point? “That makes you ask harder questions about the administration,” he told Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner. Later on in the interview, Bono called this time in history “the bleakest era since Nixon.” He elaborated: “It surely undermines the very idea of America, what is going on now … we know some who should know better have tried to piggyback the man’s celebrity to get stuff done. They will live to regret it.”
Bono also stood by a statement he made in 2016, “America is the greatest idea the world has ever had, and this is potentially the worst idea that has ever happened to it.” One wonders how concepts like slavery stack up in his mind by comparison.
This is the same celebrity who said that the “universe just wouldn’t be as friendly to humans” without former President Bill Clinton.