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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says Trump is 'holding half of the country hostage'

Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
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Wake me up when September 2020 ends.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong opened up about the "crazy" year during an interview with Britain's NME magazine Monday, including his personal feelings on Donald Trump's presidency.

"In the states it’s been kind of crazy. We’ve had COVID and the election," the lead singer and guitarist, 48, said. "It feels like there hasn’t been a dull moment for the last four years!"

Armstrong said he anticipates the chaos to continue as Trump refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden over unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election.

"I think it’s inevitable that Trump has to leave, but he’s holding half of the country hostage," Armstrong said, adding that he's unsure "whether it’s the people that support him or the people that hate him" that are being help captive.

The rocker said it's now a "waiting game at this point to get (Trump) out." He added that the political climate "temperature will lower a little bit" post-Trump.

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In February, Armstrong told USA TODAY that the divide in our country has affected his musical work, including Green Day 2020 album "Father of All...."

"We're going through a really crazy cultural shift right now, and nobody really knows where life is going or where the country's going," he said. "You have this neo-fascism that's become popular in politics, and it's really self-destructive. For me, it's just dealing with this by writing songs that are not so much topical but (are inspired by) the way it makes me feel. It feels like bad drugs, along with some good drugs."

In 2016, the "American Idiot" artist said he gets "absolutely no inspiration from Donald Trump." He added, "He's a white supremacist, there's no other way around it."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Green Day rocker: Trump 'holding half of the country hostage'