Green Day has never shied away from being outspoken about the political climate. This didn’t change for 2016 and Donald Trump.
The punk pop trio played the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on Wednesday night and used “Holiday” to touch on the presidential race and the Republican nominee.
“Have you been watching the news lately? What do you think of our candidates for the presidency of the United States of America?” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong asked, receiving mixed applause. His follow-up received a chorus of boos during the breakdown: “What do you think of New York’s finest, Donald Trump?”
American Idiot, the album “Holiday” appeared on, was released during George W. Bush’s presidency in 2004. “Holiday” and the titular track are the two most overt political songs on the album. Thusly, Armstrong drew on some of Trump’s racist comments to preach tolerance.
“No racism, no racism, no racism in this f—ing room, I’ll tell you that right now,” he told the crowd. “There is no white supremacy in this f—ing room right now. We are coming together tonight here in New Jersey to call bulls— on all the f—ing politicians tonight.”
Armstrong also altered a lyric in the breakdown to target Trump: “Pulverize the Trump Towers who criticize your government.”
See the clip above. Green Day’s next album Revolution Radio arrives Oct. 7.