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Alec Baldwin hints Bruce Springsteen arrested because he’s a liberal

Alec Baldwin thinks Bruce Springsteen’s drunk driving arrest may have been motivated by the New Jersey rocker’s liberal politics.

‘I wonder if Springsteen’s arrest [sic] had anything to do with his politics,’ the 30 Rock actor speculated on his Twitter feed on Thursday.

Baldwin tweeted days after it was revealed that the rock icon was arrested last fall by a federal park ranger on suspicion of drunken driving in New Jersey. 

The Boss, 71, was in the Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook on November 14 when he was arrested and charged for allegedly driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and drinking in a closed area.

Bruce Springsteen (right) with then-President Barack Obama in November 2016

Alec Baldwin (left), the actor who has starred in the sitcom 30 Rock as well as Saturday Night Live, suggested on Thursday that the arrest of rocker Bruce Sprinsteen (seen right with then-President Barack Obama in November 2016) may have been politically motivated

‘I wonder if Springsteen’s arrest [sic] had anything to do with his politics,’ the 30 Rock actor speculated on his Twitter feed on Thursday

‘I wonder if Springsteen’s arrest [sic] had anything to do with his politics,’ the 30 Rock actor speculated on his Twitter feed on Thursday

The incident reportedly unfolded after the Thunder Road singer pulled over on his motorbike to take a picture with fans and accepted a tequila shot from one of them in full view of watching police.

Springsteen took 45 steps instead of the requested 18 when he was arrested on suspicion of DWI, refused a breath test and ‘strongly smelt of alcohol’, according to a New Jersey police report.

The singer’s blood alcohol level was, however, reportedly well within the legal limit.

DailyMail.com has sought comment from the National Park Service in response to Baldwin’s claim.

Springsteen (above in 2016) refused a breath test and 'strongly smelt of alcohol' when he was arrested in November for DWI while riding his motorbike, a New Jersey police report says

Springsteen (above in 2016) refused a breath test and ‘strongly smelt of alcohol’ when he was arrested in November for DWI while riding his motorbike, a New Jersey police report says

According to the report, the arrest took place near the lighthouse (shown above) in the Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook back on November 14, 2020

According to the report, the arrest took place near the lighthouse (shown above) in the Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook back on November 14, 2020

Springsteen has been vocal about his support for the Democratic Party. He is seen above performing at President Joe Biden's inauguration in front of the Lincoln Memorial on January 20

Springsteen has been vocal about his support for the Democratic Party. He is seen above performing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in front of the Lincoln Memorial on January 20

Over the years, Springsteen, like Baldwin, has not been shy about expressing his left-leaning political views.

Springsteen had performed on January 20 as part of President Joe Biden´s inauguration, singing Land of Hope and Dreams in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Springsteen has also been a frequent critic of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, calling him ‘a con man from Queens’ who has ‘hypnotized’ and ‘brainwashed’ his supporters with ‘jingoism’ and ‘paranoia.’

The Boss was also an avid supporter of Barack Obama and his presidency.

Springsteen has also made his views known on police brutality. In 2003, he released a song called American Skin (41 Shots), which was inspired by the fatal shooting by New York police of an unarmed black man, Amadou Diallo, in 1999.

Baldwin, who is also a prominent supporter of the Democratic Party, has had his own run-ins with the law.

In 1995, he was placed under citizen’s arrest in Los Angeles after punching a photographer in the nose.

At the time, Baldwin was trying to prevent the photographer from videotaping him and his then-wife, Kim Basinger, while they were bringing home their newborn daughter, Ireland, from hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In 2018, the Saturday Night Live star was arrested and charged with assault by prosecutors in New York after he allegedly punched someone in a dispute over a parking spot. Baldwin denied the allegation.

News of Springsteen's arrest comes days after 96.4million viewers watched him star in an ad for Jeep during Sunday's Super Bowl (pictured)

News of Springsteen’s arrest comes days after 96.4million viewers watched him star in an ad for Jeep during Sunday’s Super Bowl (pictured)

The actor eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and agreed to attend a one-day anger management class. 

In the days since it was learned of Springsteen’s arrest in November, more details have emerged about the events leading up to his being taken into custody.

Springsteen told a park officer he had done two shots in the previous 20 minutes but wouldn’t take a breath test before he was arrested, according to a document filed Thursday in federal court.

The officer at Gateway National Recreation Area wrote in the statement of probable cause that he saw Springsteen take a shot of tequila and then get on his motorcycle.

The officer wrote that the rocker ‘smelt strongly of alcohol’ on November 14 and ‘had glassy eyes’ and that there was a bottle of Patron tequila that was ‘completely empty.’

The report described Springsteen as ‘visibly swaying back and forth’ during a field sobriety test and said he declined to provide a sample on an initial breath test.

Springsteen ‘took 45 total steps during the walk and turn instead of the instructed 18,’ the officer wrote.

Springsteen hasn’t commented publicly on the charges. His lawyer and publicist didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Springsteen received citations for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. He is scheduled to make a remote court appearance on a date to be determined.

The recreational area is better known as Sandy Hook, the name of the narrow Atlantic Ocean peninsula on which it sits.

Drinking at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey (seen above) is strictly prohibited, according to its website

Drinking at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey (seen above) is strictly prohibited, according to its website

A DWI in a national park is a misdemeanor federal offense, carrying a maximum sentence of six months in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Probation can also be up to five years, according to Freeburg Law (pictured above is a map of the Sandy Hook peninsula)

A DWI in a national park is a misdemeanor federal offense, carrying a maximum sentence of six months in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Probation can also be up to five years, according to Freeburg Law (pictured above is a map of the Sandy Hook peninsula) 

The arrest was first reported Wednesday by TMZ.com and was confirmed the same day by the National Park Service.

A DWI in a national park is a misdemeanor federal offense, carrying a maximum sentence of six months in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Probation can also be up to five years, according to Freeburg Law

Alcohol has been banned entirely from Gateway National Recreation Area since 2019, and is prohibited from being brought onto its beaches, parking lots, park grounds, picnic areas and boating docks.

Officials with the National Park Service (NPS) first confirmed Springsteen’s arrest to DailyMail.com on Wednesday.

He was said to be ‘cooperative throughout the process’, NPS spokesperson Brenda Ling said. 

Springsteen, who previously owned a home in Rumson, a few towns from Sandy Hook, has filmed several music videos and other projects at the federal park.

Springsteen, who previously owned a home in Rumson, a few towns from Sandy Hook, has filmed several music videos and other projects at the federal park, including the cover of 1987's Tunnel of Love

Springsteen, who previously owned a home in Rumson, a few towns from Sandy Hook, has filmed several music videos and other projects at the federal park, including the cover of 1987’s Tunnel of Love

For the cover of his 1987 album Tunnel of Love, Springsteen used the park’s beach as his backdrop. Gateway was also the setting for video of his solo track ‘Brilliant Disguise’, and featured in his 2014 short film, Hunter of Invisible Game. 

It was not immediately clear why the Born in the USA singer’s arrest took almost three months to come to light but it did so just days after 96.4million viewers watched Springsteen star in an ad for Jeep during Sunday’s Super Bowl. 

The much-hyped ad was the first time the rock veteran has appeared in a Super Bowl commercial. In the two-minute clip, titled The Middle, Springsteen urged unity in America. 

‘It’s no secret the middle has been a hard place to get to lately, between red and blue, servant and citizen, freedom and fear,’ Springsteen intones, adding ‘we need the middle.’

‘Fear has never been the best of who we are,’ the Boss continues. ‘We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground. So we can get there. We can make it to the mountaintop, through the desert . . . and we will cross this divide.’

The ad then ends with a dedication: ‘To the ReUnited States of America.’ 

The company has ‘paused’ the ad, meaning it now reads ‘Video unavailable’ ‘This video is private’ on YouTube.

The video has also been removed from Jeep’s Twitter but is still visible on Springsteen’s Instagram account. 

In a statement to DailyMail.com, Jeep said: it ‘would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate.’

‘It’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established.’

‘Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.’

It is unclear whether Jeep were aware of Springsteen’s legal woes at the time of production.

However, CNN’s Springsteen source appeared to suggest Jeep’s actions to pull the ad were premature, telling the network: ‘I just hope Jeep ends up looking bad in the end.’ 

Springsteen has famously shunned appearances in commercials over the course of his decades-long career.

However, his longtime manager, Jon Landau, revealed the decision for him to take part in Jeep’s ad was entirely ‘spontaneous’ and came after years of the company courting him. 

Landau told Rolling Stone the hit-maker also had a heavy hand in the commercial’s artistic direction, explaining its script was ‘substantially revised by Springsteen’, and that he also oversaw the ad’s final edit.

It was not immediately clear why the Born in the USA singer's arrest took almost three months to come to light but it did so just days after 96.4million viewers watched Springsteen star in an ad for Jeep during Sunday's Super Bowl. Pictured: Springsteen chugs back a fan's half finished beer during a concert in Philadelphia, in 2012

It was not immediately clear why the Born in the USA singer’s arrest took almost three months to come to light but it did so just days after 96.4million viewers watched Springsteen star in an ad for Jeep during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Pictured: Springsteen chugs back a fan’s half finished beer during a concert in Philadelphia, in 2012

‘He controlled every second of what you see and hear, and that’s why it feels so personal,’ Landau said. 

Jeep has not disclosed what fee Springsteen was paid for his appearance in the ad, nor has the company shared how much the commercial cost to make.

However, it’s likely to have cost tens of millions of dollars, with a 30-second spot of airtime during this year’s Super Bowl costing around $5.5million. At that price, Jeep’s 120-second add would have cost around $22million.  

Earlier this month, Springsteen also performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, giving a rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Springsteen opened the evening’s Celebrating America event, which was hosted by Tom Hanks.  

The Dancing in the Dark singer lives in New Jersey – close to where he grew up – with his wife, Patti Scialfa, whom he married in 1991. 

Springsteen’s reps have not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment on his arrest.          


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