Rage Against the Machine Raging Against Paul Ryan

Shortly after Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate, it came out that Ryan was a big fan of Rage Against the Machine. While it’s not unusual for people around 40 to be fans of the rap metal group, Ryan’s love of the band was considered somewhat odd, given that Rage is loudly and openly leftist in their political leanings.

This is the band that featured Leonard Peltier in the video for their seminal hit “Freedom,” the band that has been avowedly pro-choice, the band that headlined a show opposite the 2008 Republican National Convention, in which they came on stage dressed as prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. They supported Occupy Wall Street and Mexico’s leftist EZLN rebels. To say that they have a somewhat different view of the world than the “pro-life as you get,” Medicare-slashing Ryan is an understatement.

Tom Morello, guitarist for the band, made that a flat statement on Thursday, penning an op-ed for Rolling Stone in which he said, “Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

Morello went further, adding, “Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.”

Morello went on to say that while Ryan clearly didn’t get the band, he did understand rage:

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. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.

Morello closed by saying that he hoped that Ryan was “a mole,” but that he wasn’t betting on it.

Paul Ryan has been featured in attack ads that show him throwing old people off cliffs. But being compared to evil people like Charles Manson, or Chris Christie? That’s got to sting.

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Wendy Schroeder
Wendy Schroeder5 years ago

Ryan rages against poor people, the elderly, minorities, free for for children. Yep, he's raging.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

Rage against the gop is more like it !!

Shelli Piva
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this info. What a dweeb:(

James Maynard
James Maynard5 years ago

I think Mr. Morello's comments are spot on.

Marianne Good
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe5 years ago


Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

I've never heard of RATM but that doesn't surprise me. I am glad to see that what they rage against is the stupidity all around us.
Just wonder if Ryan says he likes the band because he is trying to yet again, deceive people on his political positions.Ryan is a political whore, as is Rmoney and a lot of other politicians, especially in the Republican/Teabagger camp.

Past Member
Brett R5 years ago

Their music sucks anyway!

s. r.
p. q5 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

So ironic.