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Protesters are getting 'American Idiot' into the charts ahead of Trump's visit

Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day performs onstage at 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2016- Night 2 at The Forum Brits Launch Campaign to Make Anti Bush Song #1 to Spite Trump Kevin Winter Getty Images for CBS Radio 10 Jul 2018
Lora Ball | 13 July, 2018, 09:26

Trump's scheduled July 13 visit to London is expected to draw protests, including the launching of a 20-foot blimp that depicts Trump as a diapered baby.

A Facebook group is campaigning to make Green Day's 2004 single "American Idiot" number one in the charts during the time when US President Donald Trump is in the country for a "working visit".

Billie Joe Armstrong was inspired to write "American Idiot" by the nuttiness of George W. Bush's administration.

"American Idiot" wasn't a chart hit when it was released in the U.S., stalling at No. 61 on the Hot 100.

Through a combination of purchases and streams, the song has risen to No. 1 on the Amazon sales chart, cracked the iTunes Top 10, and sneaked into the Top 20 singles chart as well.

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The campaign's official motto: "Make American Idiot Great Again".

"I'm not a part of a redneck agenda, now everybody do the propaganda and sing along to the age of paranoia", the song's lyrics say. After reports emerged indicating that Trump had gifted Kim Jong Un with a copy of Elton John's song "Rocket Man", Kaine joked that the North Korean leader sent back a copy of "American Idiot".

On Thursday, President Trump will touch down in London for a three-day-long visit ahead of his Helsinki summit with our other President.

Organizers of the "American Idiot For UK No.1 When Trump Visits" social media campaign did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Released in 2004, "American Idiot" is a punk rock song protesting USA involvement in the Iraq war. The song is now number one on Amazon in the United Kingdom and, per Huffington Post, managed to hit the UK's Top 20 as of Monday.

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