Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs British charts ahead of Donald Trump visit

Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs British charts ahead of Donald Trump visit

According to the Washington Post, Trump protesters in the United Kingdom started a campaign to get the Green Day song American Idiot to the top of the charts in honor of Trump's visit this week for meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, the Queen, and other British figures.

A "Get American Idiot to No. 1 for Trump's UK Visit" Facebook page was even created for the campaign.

The plan, so far, appears to be working.

HuffPost reported Monday that the song is the No. 1 single on Amazon's list of best-selling songs in Britain.

"Want to annoy Donald Trump and Nigel Farage this week?" they tweeted on Sunday. Keep sharing to others what we are all doing!

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong wrote American Idiot in the throes of the Iraq War and the angst of post-9/11 America, which the song described as "an alien nation where everything isn't meant to be okay".

The "American Idiot" campaign has had a much longer gestation period than similar attempts in the past, having launched in January 2017 ahead of a state visit by the president, which he cancelled over what he saw as a "bad deal" on the establishment of a new USA embassy in London. Tim Kaine on Friday regarding reports that Trump had planned to gift North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a CD featuring Elton John's "Rocket Man", a nod to Trump's nickname for the Supreme Leader.

"Trump is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom from Thursday through Sunday as he meets with Prime Minister Theresa May and other British officials".

The campaign was originally launched back in April, when Trump's visit was officially confirmed to be going ahead.

In 2010, President Trump saw the Broadway musical 'American Idiot, ' based on the Green Day album by the same name.

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