Days after Bono labeled Donald Trump as “potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America,” U2 spun the Republican nominee’s gloomy rhetoric into an optimistic message during their performance of “Desire” Friday at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
Juxtaposing footage of a Trump’s pandering plea to black voters with Las Vegas’ dice-rolling reputation, Bono asked the crowd, “Are you ready to gamble your car?” before sampling the Trump sound bite “What do you have to lose?” The singer then asks the crowd “Are you ready to gamble the American Dream,” which was followed by video of Trump’s assertion that “the American Dream is dead.”
“The American Dream is alive,” Bono then shouted to the crowd before returning to “Desire.”
On Charlie Rose, the usually “fiercely bi-partisan” Bono criticized Trump and his xenophobic platform as well as the mogul’s corrupting of GOP values.
“I don’t think he’s a Republican,” Bono added of Trump. “I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think this is really dangerous … Wise people of conscience should not let this man turn your country into a casino.”