By Jo Scrimshire For Daily Mail Australia
21:19 15 Oct 2020, updated 22:23 15 Oct 2020
He may have been born in the USA, but Bruce Springsteen has joked that he’ll move to Australia if Donald Trump is re-elected.
The 20-time Grammy winner made the lighthearted comment on Wednesday during a virtual press conference promoting his new album, Letter to You.
Springsteen, a longtime critic of the president, was asked by an Australian reporter if he would consider moving Down Under in the event of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden losing the election on November 3.
‘I would consider that,’ he replied.
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‘I love Australia. We have nothing but good times down there; it’s always a treat to come. Love the people, love the geography. [It’s a] great place for motorcycle trips… it’s close to our hearts.’
He made the remark – which wasn’t intended to be taken seriously – after sharing his thoughts on Trump’s re-election campaign and its chances of success.
‘If Trump is re-elected – which he will not, they’re predicting right now he’s going to lose – but if by some happenstance he should, I’ll see you on the next plane,’ he said.
Springsteen, known for his hits Born in the USA, Dancing in the Dark and Streets of Philadelphia, said in an Esquire profile in November 2018 that President Trump ‘has no interest in uniting the country’.
‘Actually [Trump] has an interest in doing the opposite and dividing us, which he does on an almost daily basis,’ he added.
‘That’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned.’
In the same wide-ranging interview, the 71-year-old songwriter said he was hopeful that America would ‘survive Trump’ and reclaim its ‘basic founding principles’ of equality and social justice.
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You documentary will stream on Apple TV+ on October 23, the same day as the Letter to You album’s release.