Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Compares Donald Trump to Hitler
"I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can't wait 'til he's gone."
Billie Joe Armstrong doesn't label Donald Trump an American idiot. No, he's compared him to someone much worse: Adolf Hitler.
In an interview published in Kerrang, the Green Day frontman likened the Republican presidential hopeful to the historically villainous Austrian. "The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are," Armstrong told the British rock weekly. "I actually feel bad for them because they're poor, working-class people who can't get a leg up. They're pissed off, and he's preyed on their anger. He just said, 'You have no options, and I'm the only one, and I'm going to take care of it myself.' I mean, that's f—ing Hitler, man!"
He wasn't finished there. "I don't even know how else to explain it," he added. "I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can't wait 'til he's gone."
Green Day isn't shy to drop political statements (American Idiot, anyone?) or turn protest into song. The American punk veterans recently unveiled plans for their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, and shared the lyric video for its first single, "Bang Bang," which was inspired by the deadly mass shootings that have plagued their homeland. Revolution Radio will be released Oct. 7.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.