American Idiot was written about a very specific time and feeling in America, specifically the heart of the Bush years and the disillusion that liberals felt in the early years of the Iraq War. But it looks like Green Day can still see quite a bit of the bad, old days when they take a look around them today. The group railed against Donald Trump during a New Jersey concert while playing the Idiot track “Holiday.”
Armstrong talked to the crowd about the Republican presidential candidate during the the track’s breakdown (though the staunchly anti-war band don’t seem to be big fans of Hillary Clinton either).
“Have you guys been watching the news lately? What do you think of our candidates for the Presidency of the United States of America?” Armstrong asked. “What do you think of New York’s finest, Mr. Donald Trump?”
After the crowd booed, Armstrong let it be known that none of Trump’s hateful rhetoric would be allowed at their set.
“No racism in this f*cking room! There is no white supremacy in this f*cking room right now! We are coming together tonight in New Jersey to call bullshit on all the f*cking politicians tonight!” he said, before returning to the song and altering the line “pulverize the Eiffel Tower” to be about Trump’s namesake buildings.
Take a look at the whole performance up top and check out Green Day’s new album Revolution Radio (which is sneakily pretty good).