As America watched the presidential election results pour in this last Tuesday night, Americans all around the country who voted against Donald Trump watched as their fears of him becoming president became a grim reality.Among the many who voiced their stance in this year’s presidential election (over the course of the last nearly two years), and those who proudly expressed their beliefs against Donald Trump, were the voices of some of today’s most beloved musicians—and among those musicians was rock band Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.
Like many other Americans across the nation, Armstrong took to social media to express his thoughts as the results were announced final that Donald Trump was elected president.
“Our social progress got punched in the face. Hard.”, Armstrong wrote on his Instagram page, “It’s hard to tell if we’ve made any progress at all.. the dark side of our better angels has spoken.. they gloat.. they cheer.. I pity them. I pity them because they have no clue what they’ve gotten our country into. Or the world for that matter.”
Armstrong went on to make clear that Green Day shows zero tolerance for many of the things Donald Trump seems to represent:
“But one thing is for sure,” he announced, “racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia and xenophobes have no place in or around Green Day and / or any Green Day event. If you are black, white, brown, or any faith, gay, straight, trans, girl, boy, punk, metal, goth, weirdo, skin freak and overall marginalized of all ages, we welcome you with all the rage and love we can muster.. We stand by you. Together. In love and unity forever.. And that day will come when we get off the ground and punch right back.”
In a later interview with Radio X, Armstrong admitted he went to bed the night of the elections because he, along with everyone else, “thought the right side would win”.
Armstrong then told us when he awoke early Wednesday morning, he woke up choking.
“I was like, ‘oh my god, why am I choking?’” said the singer, “And then of course the first thing I do is check and see what happened. I looked at my phone and 50 messages. I was like, ‘Oh, this is not good’ because usually I get like four every day. All my friends and family—everyone was freaked out because they just elected a fascist to the White House for the first time in American History. It’s all sinking in right now.”
Although it was no secret that Billie Joe Armstrong shared disappointment with everyone who is anti-Trump, he did leave us with this positive message just as he wrapped things up with the interview:
Treat each other with kindness, respect and love and…Revolution Radio
Green Day will be on tour between March 1 and April 8, in support of their new record, Revolution Radio, with Against Me! For full details on dates and stops.