Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong backs protests against Donald Trump

Singer says his country is 'being set on fire'

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has backed the recent protests against US president Donald Trump.

Speaking to NME in last week’s magazine, Armstrong compared the billionaire TV personality-turned-politician Trump to Hitler and bemoaned the current state of US politics. He also blamed the rise of Trump on “uneducated white working-class people”.

He later responded to Donald Trump becoming US President, describing his first reaction to learning of the news and describing his fears over what Trump’s leadership could mean for America.

The singer has now told the BBC: “I don’t think any of us were prepared for Donald Trump to be president.

“I think there’s going to come a time when the protests get larger and larger – and that I fully support.”

The star, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, also said he felt like his “country is being set on fire”.

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He added: “If there’s anybody who, because of this election, feels like marginalised in any way, those are the people I feel the most sympathy for.

“So whether you’re black, brown, white, gay, straight, trans, Muslim – those are the people I want to rally with.”

Green Day released their twelfth studio album ‘Revolution Radio’ in October, their first record since 2012.

They recently confirmed to NME that production on the movie adaptation of their seminal ‘American Idiot’ album is well underway, having been given the ‘green light’ by HBO.

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The band return to the UK to tour in early 2017, performing at Leeds First Direct Arena 5 February, Manchester Arena (6) and London O2 Arena (8) – and will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July.

They will also be joining Linkin Park, System of a Down and Blink-182 at next year’s Download Festival France.