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Brits Want 'American' Song to Top Charts for Trump Visit

Anti-Trumpers want Green Day to speak for them
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2018 4:35 PM CDT
UK Campaign: Make Angry Song No.1 When Trump Visits
President Donald Trump waves as he walks to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, April 28, 2018, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Michigan.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Some Brits may be humming a tune this summer that President Trump isn't too crazy about, the Evening Standard reports. A campaign to make Green Day's song "American Idiot" top the UK charts before Trump's July 13 visit is gaining traction, with its Facebook page surging past 12,000 followers as of this writing. "If we ALL buy enough downloads of Green Day's 'American Idiot' between Friday 6th-Thursday 12th it will time PERFECTLY to hit No.1 the very day he arrives on UK soil!" the organizers posted. "Streaming counts too but less effective. Let's do this!"

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Green Day lead singer Bill Joel Armstrong appeared to lend support with a now-deleted post—"...just going to leave this here," he wrote alongside a campaign screenshot—which is little surprise considering the band's change of "American Idiot" lyrics from "the subliminal mind-**** America" to "subliminal mind-Trump America" at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards. Trump is yet to comment, but earlier this year he expressed some sensitivity about British reaction to his visit, Bloomberg reported at the time. He told British Prime Minister Theresa May he would only visit with a warmer welcome in the British press, but she said she was unable to control her country's journalists. (Read more Green Day stories.)

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