Billie Eilish has spoken out for her future during the Democratic National Convention, where she declared that US President Trump is “destroying our country.”
Performing her song “my future” virtually on Wednesday, the 18-year-old began her powerful speech by blasting Trump while encouraging others to get out and vote for leaders who will “solve problems” rather than “deny them”.
“You don’t need me to tell you that things are a mess,” Eilish began.
“Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and COVID, not deny them.”
“Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality, and that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake. Someone who’s building a team that shares our values. It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.”
The Grammy winner continued: “Silence is not an option and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depends on it because they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves.”
She concluded by pleading with viewers to “please register, please vote.”
Following the speech, the singer-songwriter then gave the first public performance of her latest song, the appropriately titled “My Future,” while accompanied by her brother and musical collaborator Finneas.
Joe Biden later reiterated Eilish’s statement urging fans to vote, taking to Twitter to write: “I’ll just say what @billieeilish said: vote like your life depends on it. #DemConvention”.
Billie Eilish is among the star-studded line-up who are performing over four days, with singer John Legend closing out the second night of the Democratic National Convention with a performance of his song, “Never Break.”
On Twitter, Legend spoke out about his performance, writing: “Thanks to the @DemConvention for asking me to close out a powerful night with my new song #NeverBreak. The song is about love, hope and resilience, and I think we could all use some of that right now.”