Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day Likens Donald Trump to Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler
Ever controversial, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has likened Donald Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in a new interview. Armstrong has never shied away from using either political or protest themes in his music, and it seems the residual press from latest single “Bang Bang” is no exception.
“The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are,” Armstrong said to British rock weekly Kerrang. “I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re p*ssed off and he’s preyed on their anger. He just said, ‘You have no options and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s f**king Hitler, man!”
Armstrong continued with, “I don’t even know how else to explain it. I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush, But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone.”
The band also recently revealed their plans for 12th studio album Revolution Radio, which will be their first album released since !Uno! !Dos! !Tres! in 2012. Revolution Radio is officially slated to be released on October 7 and will contain 12 total tracks. In interviews surrounding the album, Armstrong expressed that the entire album is largely based on views that he and his bandmates hold on current events in the U.S., including mass murders and general social unrest.
The first single “Bang Bang,” released to YouTube via a lyric video, was written from the perspective of a mass shooter, and combined with the modern obsession with social media.
“It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media,” Armstrong said to Rolling Stone. “There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance.”