Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan listed Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands in a New York Times profile this week.
The admiration is not mutual. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello excoriates Ryan in a Rolling Stone column published Thursday.
Morello says it’s amusing that Ryan is a fan “because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.” Then he, well, rages:
Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. 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.
I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F— 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!
Now, imagine the entire House Republican caucus listening to Rage Against the Machine during a Ryan-led P90X session.