Billie Joe Armstrong compares Republican candidate to Hitler in new NME interview
Green Day compare Donald Trump to Hitler and bemoan the current political climate of the United States in a new NME interview.
The pop-punk band released their twelfth studio album ‘Revolution Radio’ in October, their first record since 2012.
Speaking to NME in this week’s magazine, available nationwide and online from Friday (November 4), frontman Billie Joe Armstrong revealed how he worries about the state of the world, saying of his children: “They’ve dealt with recession and war, non-stop war, neverending war… I think a lot of people are just like, ‘F**k, I can’t believe we’re still alive!’”
Discussing the rise of reality TV billionaire-turned-Republican candidate Trump, Armstrong said: “I’m trying to figure out the whole damn [Trump] thing myself. I’m just confused. I have anxiety about the whole thing. You wake up every morning and think, what now? What stupid thing’s going to be said? What new email hack are you going to read about? What racist comment? A lot of my songs come from… not really anger, but anxiety. And feeling lost in the whole game.”
Billie Joe continued: “[Trump] has no compassion. He has no empathy for anything except power. That’s all he wants, and he’ll step on anybody to get it. And the thought of a guy like that having his finger on the nuclear button is pretty fucking scary.”
“[He’s like] fucking Hitler man. The comparison is that he’s using scare tactics against minorities – Muslims and Mexicans and African-Americans. There could be race wars.”
Read Green Day’s full interview in NME from Friday, November 4.
However, speaking previously, Armstrong stated that he would never write a song about Trump. “There are no songs about Donald Trump on there [‘Revolution Radio’],” Armstrong told Q. ” I made sure of that, because he inspires me to do nothing. Trump has dragged politics into the gutter, like a WWE wrestling match.”
Green Day 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.
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.