Aug 18, 2012 10:16 AM EDT
"Rage Against the Machine" guitarist Tom Morello blasted Republican Vice President Candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday for claiming the band is one of his favorites.
The guitarist said Ryan is clueless about Rage Against the Machine and stated that his political visions are "antithetical" to the band's message.
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"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 wrote in an op-ed on Rolling Stone.
Morello condemns Ryan's points of view about women, immigrants, workers, gays, the poor and the environment.
"Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions," the guitarist said.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his running mate last week.
Rage Against the Machine has supported the Occupy Wall Street movement and other political movements.
For example, the band condemns wars. In one of their most famous hits "Bulls on Parade," the band sings "Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes/Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal."
Along with other members of Congress, Ryan had approved the use of military force to remove Saddam Hussein from Iraq and most recently in 2011 he voted against removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
"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 "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!" Morello wrote on Rolling Stone.
According to CNN the guitarist is an outspoken critic of the Republican Party and a self-proclaimed socialist.
Ryan also lists Led Zepellin, Grateful Dead, Metallica, Beethoven and Hank Williams, Jr., as his favorite musicians on his Facebook page.
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