Bono said America was at “rock bottom” while refusing to talk about Trump.
The U2 star, formerly Paul David Hewson, refused to talk about the Republican presidential candidate’s frontrunner, but spoke of his ambition to see a united Ireland in his lifetime.
In a Channel 4 interview with colleague Edge (David Howell Evans), he resisted any attempt to turn the conversation to the former president.
When asked by Washington correspondent Siobhan Kennedy if a second Trump administration would make America “lower,” the singer simply noted that the controversial politician already received enough media coverage.
He said: “We don’t mention the T-word. The man has enough headlines already.
In an interview on Channel 4, U2 members Bono (right) and Edge (left) refused to talk about the former president and Republican frontrunner, while expressing their support for a united Ireland.
Bono said Trump had already “made enough headlines,” while suggesting America was at “the lowest point” in its history.
The U2 star refused to answer whether a new Trump administration would make America ‘lower’
But the singer voiced his support for a united Ireland, suggesting Northern Ireland and the KING were “dating” but had not yet “fallen in love”.
Meanwhile, Edge joked that AI was useful for creating unintentionally funny lyrics, while saying he wasn’t worried about it impacting “high-level creativity.”
When asked about the possibility of a united Ireland, Bono admitted he would love to see it happen one day in his lifetime.
Comparing the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic to that of a couple, he suggested the two regions were currently “in a relationship” but not yet “married”.
The 63-year-old said: “We may not be at the stage of falling in love, but we are dating.
“I think in the south we have done an incredible job of transforming our society – it seems freer, it seems fair – it’s not fair enough, we have a housing problem, there are problems in Ireland – but I think we seem more and more attractive in the eyes of our northern partner.
He concluded: “It could and wouldn’t it be wonderful. This pond is too small for a quarrel between frogs.
Edge added that the issue of Irish unity should be about common ground and community, not about power and sovereignty.
Both U2 members expressed concern that freedom and democracy are increasingly being called into question, saying that democracy is going through an “existential crisis.”
“Throughout our lives, our entire adult lives, the world has become freer – since we were born, basically. And for the first time, it’s the other way around.
“We always thought sexual politics was getting better, gender politics, race relations, all that stuff. So we are definitely facing a kind of existential crisis there too – not just on a climate level – but also on a political level.
But Bono said he would continue to “bet on freedom” rather than authoritarianism, and expressed optimism that America would recover from its “ebb” at the moment, highlighting the technological advantage of the West on less free societies.
He said: “I am attracted to freedom. I think it’s important that we show the world what freedom looks like, how it works.
“So I will bet on freedom and I will bet that America will come back from the rather low ebb that it is in now.”
Both U2 members told Channel 4’s Siobhan Kennedy that freedom and democracy were increasingly being called into question, saying democracy was in an “existential crisis”.
But Bono insisted he would continue to “bet” on freedom prevailing over authoritarianism, citing the West’s technological advantage over oppressed societies.
On the show, Edge also revealed an avatar he created of himself and said AI tool ChatGPT was ideal for writing unintentionally funny lyrics.
But he added that he didn’t think AI would replace “high-level creativity.”
When asked if he would write a song about AI, he replied: “I tried, it was really shit lyrics.”
The band will play starting tomorrow at the Sphere, a 20,000-seat arena located in the Nevada desert.
Regarding the Great Hall’s environmental footprint, Edge said the group would offset as much carbon as it contributed and called its sustainability plans “robust.”
He said: “Like any sane person, we see climate change as an existential threat to our generation. This is something that is very close to our hearts.
‘But on this project we want to take it to the next level, but actually reduce the carbon associated with our performance and production, so in the end we will have reduced at least as much as we actually emitted.’