Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is not shy about sharing his political opinions. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he lets out his frustrations with American politics.
In August, Morello wrote a scathing op-ed to the Rolling Stone that ripped Rep. Paul Ryan for listing the band as one of his favorites. It seems his feelings haven’t changed for the Vice Presidential candidate.
“[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that’s part of the strength of the band,” Morello said. “People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it.”
When reflecting on President Obama‘s first term, Morello admits he had more hope.
“I drank a little bit of the kool-aid initially,” Morello said. “It looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president, and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does — my hopes were higher.”
Since the Occupy movement began, Morello has been a strong advocate and has visited different occupy locations around the country.
“I think that there have already been great successes. One is, the idea that this horrific economic inequality exists, it’s already something on the front page,” he said. “The great, dirty, five letter word you can’t say in America — class — is on the front page of the New York Times. When in memory has a Republican candidate had their feet held to the fire because they’re too rich? That’s a result of Occupy. It’s just not okay, when some people are starving to death, and others have six yachts or whatever, that shit’s not cool.”