Monday, June 17, 2024

Raspberries for 70s Raspberries Rock Group Singer Eric Carmen As He Reveals Himself as Major Trump Supporter


Who knew?

Buried deep in Ohio, Donald Trump has a former rock star as a major supporter.

Eric Carmen, lead singer of the Raspberries in the 1970s, has outed himself as a Trump backer. He loves his president. Carmen is most famous for songs like “Go All the Way” and “Let’s Pretend” in the early 70s. Then, when the band broke up, Carmen was fished out of obscurity by Clive Davis. He had two big solo hits on Arista Records with “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” Each of them were fashioned from classic music pieces by Rachmaninoff.

A decade later, Carmen scored one more hit with “Hungry Eyes” from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. Since then, he’s lived with cult status outside of his native Cleveland.

More recently, Carmen has been on Twitter where he picked up more contemporary rock star fans from the E Street Band family like Steve and Maureen van Zandt and Nils and Amy Lofgren. An avowed Raspberries fan, I also followed him on Twitter.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Carmen declared his fealty to Trump in the last week or so. He’s a hard line conservative, decrying socialism a la Trump and retweeting people like Fox News’s Jesse Watters, Seb Gorka and Charlie Kirk. He tweeted: “If you want to hate me, just know this. I love the USA, I support our brave military men and women, I support the police and firefighters, I support our President and the First Lady, I believe in civility, and I do not want to live in a Socialist country. That is what I believe.”

Since then, Carmen has been in a Twitter firefight, not just with former fans who can’t believe all this, but also with the Lofgrens. And he really loves those Trumps. Another Tweet in a response to criticism of them: “There is no excuse for that kind of sick, disrespect. The First Lady was speaking about the opioid problem while The President donated his salary to the fight against opioid addiction.”

Carmen is also against the impending impeachment and supports the Republicans who are on the House committee: “Nobody has any proof that Jim Jordan did anything wrong. All I know is what I saw during the impeachment nonsense. Jordan was a voice of sanity, along with Devin Nunes.”

He’s also traded contentious Tweets with rocker Peter Frampton: “I love your music, Pete, but I would never presume to tell you, or anyone else, what network they should watch. I respect your right to disagree with me, and you should respect my right to disagree with you. That used to be the way things worked here in the USA. Carry on.”

Carmen also raised everyone’s ire when he used a statement from Hitler’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels to make a point in a re-tweet:

Carmen lives near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. But if he goes to next spring’s induction ceremony, he may actually be singing “All By Myself.”

Still, now Trump has a rock star he can call for his rallies. In fact, I’m sure once his staff reads this they’ll be using “Go All the Way” as a campaign song.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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