- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bruce Springsteen and Houserockers frontman Joe Grushecky have teamed up to release a protest song labeling President Trump a “con man.”

Mr. Grushecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wrote “That’s What Makes Us Great” around the time of Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January.

“I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking,” he said. “I sent it to him, and he liked it. I said, ‘What do you think about singing on it?’ He gave it the Bruce treatment.”

The song talks about immigrants “longing to be free” and seeking warmth “in that shining city on the hill,” but that “some wanna slam the door” instead of “opening the gate.”

“It’s up to me and you / Love can conquer hate / I know this to be true / That’s what makes us great,” the chorus goes.

Mr. Springsteen’s verse contains probably the song’s harshest criticism of the president: “Don’t tell me a lie / And sell it as a fact / I’ve been down that road before / And I ain’t goin’ back / And don’t you brag to me / That you never read a book / I never put my faith / In a con man and his crooks.”

The song was produced entirely digitally, the Post-Gazette reported. The Houserockers produced their track from Pittsburgh, and Mr. Springsteen emailed his track from New Jersey.

It’s the first song they’ve worked on together since Mr. Grushecky’s 2009 album “East Carson Street.”

Mr. Springsteen, who campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, hasn’t held back his disdain for the new president. In September, he called the then-GOP nominee a “moron” who brings “dangerous ideas” into the mainstream. A month later, he called Mr. Trump a “flagrant, toxic narcissist” who might try to burn America’s democratic system to the ground if he lost.

After Mr. Trump won the election, Mr. Springsteen said he felt “disgust” and “fear.”

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