Trump Protest Sends Green Day's 'American Idiot' Up UK Charts

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Apparently not content with just flying a large balloon with Trump's "childish" likeness on it, protesters of Trump's in the United Kingdom are making attempts to push Green Day's hit single "American Idiot" to the top of the charts ahead of his arrival.

The Official Charts Company reports that the song is now at Number 18 in the midweek charts, and is just 4,000 sales away from cracking the top 10.

The slogan for the "Get American Idiot to No. 1 for Trump's UK Visit" campaign riffs on Trump's MAGA mantra: "Make American Idiot Great Again".


The campaign seems to be working.

On Monday, the rock track emerged in the number one spot on Amazon's best sellers list (via HuffPost).

Right now the 14-year-old song is already charting at No. 18 on the British Official Singles Chart and with two more days left until Trump's arrival, "American Idiot" could easily creep into the top ten.


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.

Green Day has yet to comment, but the band's official Twitter feed retweeted a remark from Virginia Sen.

Trump is set to meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II during his four-day stay. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who referenced the rumor that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to give North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un a CD of Elton John's "Rocket Man".


If nothing else, the "American Idiot" campaign is turning out to be educational - in order to efficiently direct its supporters' efforts and spending, its organizers have been getting people more acquainted with the rules of the charts as they relate to streaming services.

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