Top musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce to Madonna rallied behind Hillary Clinton as the US prepared to elect a new president today, adding A-list star power to a massive get-out-the-vote operation. Springsteen, one of the biggest concert attractions in the rock universe, warmed up an election eve rally last night in Philadelphia, where he hailed Clinton for her “vision of an America where everyone counts.”
“Let’s all do our part so we can look back on 2016 and say we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history,”
Springsteen told the roughly 40,000 people assembled near Independence Hall. Springsteen, who has long championed the US working class in song but avoided overt politics until 2004, charged that Republican candidate Donald Trump would “prioritise his own interests and ego before American democracy itself.”
The rally was the largest ever in Clinton’s bid to be America’s first woman president. Springsteen was joined by fellow rocker Jon Bon Jovi as well as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle. Bon Jovi later flew with Clinton to another critical state, North Carolina, for a midnight rally with Lady Gaga, who urged civility after one of the most divisive elections in memory.
“I know that it is important for this message, too, to be spread — that we do not need to hate his followers,” Lady
Gaga said to applause from a youthful audience in Raleigh. Madonna meanwhile roused Clinton backers in New York with a surprise outdoor concert, taking out an acoustic guitar to perform hits including “Express Yourself.”
“As far as I’m concerned, we still live in an extremely chauvinistic, sexist, misogynist country and that is why
Hillary Clinton needs to be president,” said Madonna, sporting a knit cap in the design of the US flag.
Madonna voiced dread over the prospect of a Trump presidency, asking the crowd in Washington Square: “Do we want to be the laughing stock of the planet?” While US pop stars have long leaned to the left, the tilt toward Clinton is unprecedented in a modern election, with Trump virtually shunned by the music world. Trump spent the last days of his campaign repeatedly denouncing pop superstar Beyonce and her rap mogul husband Jay Z, who played for Clinton on Friday in Ohio.
Trump hit back by claiming to have drawn bigger crowds. He took aim at language by Jay Z, who like many rappers
frequently uses profanity and did not edit his lyrics for the Clinton rally.