Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has 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.
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”.
Now, speaking to Chris Moyles on Radio X, Armstrong said of waking up to the news on Wednesday: “I went to bed and everyone kinda thought the correct side was going to win. Then at 6am I wake up choking – like this is kinda gross, like when you inhale spit – so I’m thinking ‘Oh my god why am I coughing?'”
He continued: “And of course the first thing I do is think ‘I’ll check and see what happened’. So I go to my phone and I look and I have 50 messages. And I was like ‘ this is not good’. ‘Cause usually I get four every day. All my friends and family were freaked out because they just elected a fascist into the White House for the first time in American history. It’s all sinking in right now.”
“Treat each other with respect and kindness and love,” Armstrong added before saying that Trump “could be a puppet for the [Illuminati’s] own agenda, which is even scarier. But I’m not going to go down the scary mode right now because it’s early in the morning”.
Armstrong also reacted to the news of Trump’s victory on Instagram. See his posts beneath.
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as the outcome of this election is still sinking in i'm left wondering what the hell to do. what to think.. what to say. like the vast majority of you i want to say SOMEthing. our social progress got punched in the face. hard. it's hard to tell if we made any progress at all.. the dark side of our better angels have spoken.. they gloat.. they cheer.. i pity them. i pity them because they have no clue what they've gotten our country into. or the world for that matter.. but one thing is for sure. racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobes have no place in around green day and/or any green day event. as for the true angels. if you are black, white brown, of any nationality or any faith, gay, straight, trans, girl, boy, punk, metal, goth, weirdo, skin, freak, and the overall marginalized of all ages we welcome you with all the rage and love we can muster.. we stand by you. together. in love and unity forever.. and that day will come when we get off the ground and punch right back.. even harder rage and love billie joe
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.
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.