Billie Joe Armstrong Gives Full Support to Anti-Donald Trump Protests
The nationwide protests that have erupted across the U.S. following this week's election of Donald Trump as president has resonated with Billie Joe Armstrong. In a new interview, the Green Day singer gave his unequivocal backing to those who are against the man Armstrong once compared to Adolf Hitler.
“I don’t think any of us were prepared for Donald Trump to be president," he told the BBC. "I think there’s going to come a time when the protests get larger and larger – and that I fully support.”
Trump ran on a platform filled with angry rhetoric, singling out Mexicans and Muslims, in a manner heretofore unseen in modern presidential politics, to the point where he earned the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan. Noting that it feels like the “country is being set on fire,” Armstrong showed empathy with those who have been targeted by Trump's words.
“If there’s anybody who, because of this election, feels like marginalized in any way, those are the people I feel the most sympathy for," he continued. "So whether you’re black, brown, white, gay, straight, trans, Muslim – those are the people I want to rally with.”
He added that everyone is welcome at a Green Day concert, calling it a "safe house for anyone who feels marginalized."
Green Day's most recent album, Revolution Radio, is a collection of topical songs. Earlier this week, they released a video for "Still Breathing" They will begin an arena tour of North America in March 2017.
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