Steven Van Zandt Responds to Backlash for Socializing with Trump Supporters Steven Van Zandt is pushing back against critics who have made disparaging comments regarding his recent attendance at an event alongside Trump supporters, including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The E Street Band rocker faced disapproval from some fans who were displeased with his perceived association with the former governor.
In response to a user who shared a Page Six article featuring pictures of Palin and Van Zandt at the event, expressing shock, the rocker defended himself: “Geezus F*ck! It wasn’t ‘my party.’ We were both at the same fundraiser! Because we both have one thing in common. We support the NYPD. That may be the only thing we have in common, but so what? I welcome any common ground between humans these days.”
When another user suggested that Palin was the precursor to Trump, Van Zandt corrected the comment, pointing out that Andrew Johnson was the real precursor. Unfazed by criticism, he maintained a low tolerance for ignorance and obnoxious behavior in his feed. In response to questions about fundraising for the NYPD, with someone noting their annual budget, Van Zandt clarified:
“The fundraising was for THE NYPD ‘WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN’ FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THE DETECTIVE ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION (DEA) WIDOWS AND CHILDREN FUND. That’s why. Any other mindless obnoxious questions?”