Green Day Support American Chaos Following Donald Trump’s Election Victory
Politics| | By Sara Wilkins
Punk rock trio Green Day fully support the street and freeway protests that have brought traffic to a standstill in cities like New York and San Francisco since Donald Trump’s election victory.
Activists have shut down major roads across America in clashes and stand-offs with police every evening following the Republican’s shocking win on Tuesday night, and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong couldn’t be prouder of his fellow Americans.
“I don’t think any of us were prepared for Donald Trump to be president,” the singer told the BBC. “I think there’s going to come a time when the protests get larger and larger – and that I fully support. It’s like the country is being set on fire.”
Armstrong and his bandmates were in Holland celebrating their Global Icon Award win at the MTV European Music Awards when they first heard the news of Trump’s unexpected win, and three days later the “American Idiot” singer is still shaking his head in disbelief.
“If there’s anybody who, because of this election, feels marginalized in any way, those are the people I feel the most sympathy for,” he added, “so whether you’re black, brown, white, gay, straight, trans, Muslim – those are the people I want to rally with… A Green Day concert is a safe house for anyone who feels marginalized.”
But the frontman admitted he’s struggling to write new songs since the election news, stating, “I write songs when I’m confused or scratching my head and asking why things are happening in the world… but it’s really hard to laugh when you’re scared.”