In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, there was a lot of talk along the lines of: Well, at least punk rock might be good again for the next four years. And while that’s a relative pittance of a potential consolation, and probably not true anyway, we got a small taste of what an older generation of punks reacting to Trump might look like last night on the American Music Awards broadcast. Granted, the prospect of millionaires railing against a billionaire isn’t exactly how I might have drawn up the map, eh, at least it’s… something.
During a performance of their new song “Bang Bang” Green Day lead a singalong of “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
The moment took place on Sunday night, a little more than two minutes into the performance (see the video above). The chant was a play on which featured the repeated line, “No War! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
The chant is a riff on “Born to Die” by 80s Texas punks MDC (Millions of Dead Cops), whose name, despite Green Day’s best intentions, remains the most punk thing mentioned in this blog post.
As of this morning, noted theater and television critic Trump has yet to respond on Twitter to the performance, but you can imagine his diapers are filling presently and a post is coming soon.
Melania and I saw American Idiot on Broadway last night and it was great. An amazing theatrical experience!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2010
Watch the performance below. It will, like everything else, do nothing to stop the inevitable, but at least it might make us feel better for 3 minutes.