Protesters who oppose Trump and his policies started a campaign to get people in the UK to buy and stream the Green Day song “American Idiot,” so that when Trump lands on Thursday, the song will be at the top of the music charts.
It seems to be working: The single is already No. 1 on Amazon UK’s bestseller list, and as of Tuesday, it’s climbed to No.
Campaign organizers Keith Curle and Geoff Thomas urged people to listen to the song as many times as possible between July 6 and July 12, the day Trump is slated to arrive in the UK for a four-day visit; it will be his first official visit there since his presidential inauguration in January 2017.
Back in January 2017, May visited the White House and invited Trump to Britain for a state visit, but that prompted backlash from British citizens who disagreed with Trump’s policies. UK residents promised to greet the president with waves of protests, and if all indications are correct, they’ll stick to their word.
Trump’s current itinerary largely avoids London, but the Times reports that protesters still plan on disrupting his visit by creating a “wall of sound” outside of Winfield House, the American ambassador’s official residence in London, where Trump will be staying his first night.
The British really don’t like Trump for a lot of reasons — including his contentious travel ban that affects several Muslim-majority countries, and for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right political group.
“We feel that Donald Trump’s presidency is led by Islamophobic hatred, it’s led by his anti-Palestine policies and that obviously affects Muslim communities not just in America and the Middle East, but around the world,” Shamiul Joarder, head of public affairs at pro-Palestinian group Friends of Al Aqsa told Al Jazeera.
Rather than an expression of condolence, Trump tweeted, “Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.” And in a later tweet, he wrote, “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific.
In a statement on its website Tuesday, the embassy warned that Americans should “keep a low profile” and be cautious in case protests turn “violent.”.