Green Day used the 2016 MTV EMAs stage as their political platform last night, where they transformed their already bold 2004 "American Idiot" hit into a modern version that was aimed at Donald Trump. Watch the performance up top.
“Can you hear the sounds of hysteria? The subliminal mind Trump America,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sang as he called out the Republican presidential candidate. The original lyric in "American Idiot" is “The subliminal mind f-ck America.” The disses carried on when Green Day accepted the Global Icon Award.
“Most of all, it’s nice to be out of America just for a second, because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now,” Armstrong said. “Our entire country is about to have one big, collective heart attack.”
But this isn't the first time the band took shots at Trump. Back in August, Armstrong compared him to Hitler. "The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they're poor, working-class people who can't get a leg up," the punk rocker stated. "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 fucking Hitler, man!"
Next up, watch a 2004 Fuse interview with the American Idiot–era band: