Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Is Topping UK Charts Upon Trump’s Visit

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 10, 2018

For the past couple of weeks, a social media campaign has sought to make Green Day's classic 2004 jam "American Idiot" the No. 1 tune in the United Kingdom by the time Trump arrives Friday.

The downloading of the song began on July 6, and the protesters plan to continue it through this Thursday, July 12. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineKaine jokes: Kim Jong Un will send Trump a copy of "American Idiot" The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Anticipation builds for Trump's SCOTUS pick Amy Coney Barrett emerges as favorite on right, target for left MORE (D-Va.) last week also cited the Green Day hit in mocking Trump.

So far the effort appears to be working, with the song checking in at No. 18 on the chart Tuesday.

"American Idiot" was originally inspired by American political events that occurred around the time it was released, such as George W. Bush's presidency and the Iraq war.

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The re-emergence of the decade-old song was driven by a social media campaign first launched in May, which aimed to make the song number one on the charts during Trump's visit to the UK. It'll take a particularly strong push though to get the song to the top of the chart by Friday.

But the president will avoid London nearly entirely during his trip, which has been characterized as an attempt to avoid humiliation over the planned protests surrounding his visit.

Along with the Green Day song, Trump is expected to encounter protests and a 20-foot diapered "Trump baby" blimp during his trip to London.

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