Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello unloaded on GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan in a column for Rolling Stone.
He begins his column blasting Ryan for not understanding the band or its music, much like Charles Manson was a huge fan of The Beatles but didn’t understand them and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him.
The guitarist blasts Ryan on the fact that his views are opposite of Rage’s music.
“Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics,” Morello said. “Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”
Morello continues, zinging Ryan on which song is his favorite.
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is?” Morello writes. “Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!”
The musician goes on.
“Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment,” Morello said. “Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”