American Idiot, Protest Anthem in the UK Ahead of Trump's Visit

12 July, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Cecil Buchanan

The "American Idiot" campaign has had a much longer gestation period than similar attempts in the past, having launched in January 2017 ahead of a state visit by the president, which he cancelled over what he saw as a "bad deal" on the establishment of a new US embassy in London.

The plan seems to be working thus far.

The campaign asks supporters to download the song until July 13 with hopes to see it at number one on the official United Kingdom charts. Although they have not quite reached the top spot yet, the song originally released in 2004 reentered the Amazon UK best-seller list on Tuesday, July 10, at the 18th spot.

Its renewed success is down to a fan campaign aiming to increase the song's popularity and get it to No.1.

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The campaign has been especially popular on Twitter and Facebook. Since then there have been numerous attempts to get tunes as varied as Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" to the themes from "Star Wars" and "Pokemon" to the top of British charts in time for Christmas.

The new interest in the 2004 hit across the pond comes as a result of a concerted effort by protesters voicing their displeasure at U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to the country.

These and other demonstrations will likely accumulate to show Trump he's not wanted in the UK. He'll meet Queen Elizabeth and huddle with British Prime Minister Theresa May but, in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street. If the #MakeAmericanIdiotGreatAgain campaigners are successful, Trump will have more to be embarrassed about than just protests on the street. Or in the air for that matter.

But Britain's The Guardian reports that law enforcement officials are planning the biggest mobilization of police in seven years - about 4,000 officers in all - to handle the thousands expected to protest Trump.

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