In a now-deleted post on social media, Bruce Springsteen’s veteran E-Street band guitarist called on his supporters to “Exterminate the [Republican] cockroaches.”
Tolerance, civility & diversity-so sweetly & wonderfully articulated by @StevieVanZandt It just warms the heart! I'm glad liberals show so much love!
Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band Guitarist Steven Van Zandt Deletes Call to ‘Exterminate’ GOP ‘Cockroaches’…
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 10, 2023
Guitarist Steven Van Zandt issued the call to target half of America on Sunday during an expletive-filled rant on Twitter.
His comments came in response to Tennessee Democrats demanding gun control, where he attacked “Republican White Supremacist scumbag cowards and pussies that need guns to feel like real men” for not agreeing to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
Critics, including many of Van Zandt’s own followers, quickly called him out for the vile statements. Instead of apologizing for calling for violence against Republicans, he doubled down in response to one of his followers — and explained that he was deleting the tweet to “avoid” deleting and blocking Republicans, using slurs and extreme language to describe those who disagree with him.
“To avoid spending half my day deleting Foxsucking scumbag Russian bots and MAGOTT cockroaches like you!” Van Zandt wrote in another now-deleted tweet. “Go take away some women’s rights, keep some Black people from voting, go harass a Trans event, go shoot some kids, do what Republicans do best and get the f— outta my feed!”
This is far from the first time the guitarist expressed vitriol and hatred for Republicans and their policies.
In 2016, Van Zandt declared that the best way to punish Republican-led states who dared to pass religious freedom legislation — which he deemed “really vile and evil” — was to “hurt them economically.”
These comments came after Springsteen abruptly canceled a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, to protest against an LGBT “bathroom law” protecting women from men entering their private spaces. Van Zandt spoke with reporters soon after the announcement to explain why the band decided to disappoint its North Carolina fans.
“It’s unfortunately the only way people understand. You have to hurt them economically in order to have them do the right thing morally, unfortunately,” the guitarist told Rolling Stone while speaking backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York.
“This really vile and evil discrimination is starting to spread state to state and we thought, ‘We better take a stand right now and catch it early,’” Van Zandt added.
Meanwhile, conservatives have condemned Van Zandt’s latest rant, with some pointing to the Monday mass shooting committed by a left-wing terrorist as the result of violent comments like his.
On Easter Steven Van Zandt issued a call for fans and supporters on social media to “Exterminate the Republican Cockroaches.
Then on Monday we have a mass shooting at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Is this what you where calling for?@StevieVanZandt
— TheTexasOne (@TexasRepublic71) April 10, 2023