This year, at least one member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band experienced a very uncomfortable Easter Sunday. Steven Van Zandt, an experienced guitarist, sent out a series of vulgar tweets that evening. He blamed Republicans for the massacre at a Nashville elementary school. And he imagined that one day they would be exterminated like “cockroaches.”
Van Zandt, a 72-year-old guitarist who was a part of Springsteen’s band nearly 50 years ago began his tirade by berating anyone who respected the Second Amendment. According to reports, Van Zandt, who referred to himself elsewhere as a “peace-loving hippie”, called such people “Republican White Supremicist cowards and pussies need guns to feel like men.”
Then he claimed that Republicans who are in favor of self-defense would likely die a violent death at their hands. He reportedly tweeted, “Gen Z, Gen Y and Gen X will unite to exterminate these cockroaches one and for all.”
Van Zandt’s comments were quickly condemned by other Twitter users, prompting him and others to remove the tweet. After deleting that tweet, Van Zandt issued another anti-Republican rant, calling his critics “Foxsucking Russian bots and MagOTT cockroaches”, who “take away… women’s rights,” preclude “Black people from voting,” harass trans people and “shoot… kids.”
“[D]o the best Republicans and get the f*** from my feed!” He demanded that the post be deleted before he could continue.
He claimed Tuesday that he had never called for violence against Republicans, and that he meant “clearly” that he wanted to “exterminate” Republicans “at the ballotbox,” not in real-life.
Van Zandt’s twitter feed shows that he is spending a lot of time these days chatting up far-left Democrats, and demeaning Republicans and their policies.