Green Day have opened up about their controversial AMAs performance, which challenged recent presidential elect Donald Trump. At this year’s AMAs, lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong lead a anti-Trump chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” to protest against him.
The AMAs took place in Los Angeles this past Sunday, and other artists that performed at the ceremony included Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Sting, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers.
In an interview with The Late Late Show with James Corden where Armstrong explained the chant, saying, “We didn’t rehearse it.”
“We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this,” he further said. “But I think with the AMAs [performance], it was a good start to challenge [Trump] on all of his ignorant policies and his racism.”
Armstrong further explained that the original leader of the “No Trump” chant was another band, and has since become popular at anti-Trump protests.
The original chant was “actually done by a band called M.D.C. that are from Texas but moved to San Francisco years ago.” It originates from their song “Born to Die,” released in 1982 where lead singer Dave Dictor chants, “No war, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
This is not the first time that Armstrong has spoken out against Trump on air, and referred to him as “illuminati” on Radio X with host Chris Moyles. The band’s lead singer was actually in Europe on election day, but claims to have been as surprised by anyone at the news.
“The problem is he might just be a puppet for their own agenda,” he said to Moyles. “Which, I dunno, I think could be even scarier. Not that I’m going to go down a scary road right now.”
Green Day also recently released their latest album, Revolution Radio, which contained no songs about the presidential-elect. Armstrong explained that by saying that Trump inspires him to do nothing. He also praised Clinton before the election and said that she had the most progressive platform that the country has ever seen.