Green Day's American Idiot could be #1 for Trump's United Kingdom visit

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"The campaign, dubbed 'Make American Idiot Great Again, ' picked up steam on Twitter on an account that now has more than 1,400 followers", the Daily News reported.

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.

Meanwhile, in media navel gazing: In a story from earlier today, the Washington Post quoted a piece from Green Day frontman and guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong about the song's origins and its subject being former President George W. Bush - except that the Post was quoting from ClickHole, a well-known satirical news site owned by The Onion, for whom Armstrong has never written. So far, it seems to be working. On Amazon in the U.K., American Idiot is now the best-selling song.

"Want to annoy Donald Trump and Nigel Farage this week?" they tweeted on Sunday.


For punk kids born in the late 90s, Green Day's seminal release 2004 American Idiot was a head-first foray into the sheer political power of power-chord laden anarchy. In response to reports that Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of the Elton John song "Rocket Man", the senator joked that Kim should return the favor by giving Trump "American Idiot".

The president is scheduled to stay in London on the night of his arrival but will spend the rest of his trip outside of the capital.

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

The Green Day hit is storming the United Kingdom charts ahead of President Donald Trump's visit.

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