"I get up in the evening, and I ain't got nothin' to say," is the beginning line of Rock legend Bruce Springsteen's hit Dancing in the Dark.
But that certainly wasn't Springsteen's problem this week when hosting his Sirius XM radio show From My Home to Yours. Springsteen reflected on the grim state of the union and the apparent disregard for the effects of the pandemic from the White House.
With President Donald Trump set for his first rally this weekend after a months-long pandemic-induced hiatus, Springsteen's criticisms of the President considering human fatalities as "inconvenient statistics for his reelection efforts" couldn't be more timely.
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Over the accompaniment of the spiritual "Down to the River to Pray," Springsteen said:
"I had another show prepared for broadcast this week on this strange and eventful summer, but with 100 thousand plus Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I've been simply pissed off. Those lives deserved better than just being inconvenient statistics for our President's reelection efforts. It's a national disgrace."
The Born in the USA singer continued:
"So if you are ready for a rock and roll requiem, stay tuned. I'm going to start out by sending one to the man sitting behind the resolute desk: With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a f***ing mask."
He then dedicated the next song he played—Bob Dylan's The Disease of Conceit—to the President.
Trump's refusal to wear a mask in public, fearing it would make him look weak, has become a symbol to some of his greater unwillingness to grasp the threat the virus poses. The Vice President and the White House staff are frequently seen not wearing masks, despite White House officials' own recommendations that all Americans take the precaution to do so in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
People sang Springsteen's praises for the message.
He's far from the only one imploring the President to wear a mask in the hopes that his supporters will follow the example.
Attendees of the rally are expected to sign a liability waiver in case they contract the virus. Death tolls have increased to nearly 120 thousand.