Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has responded to criticism leveled at him by All That Remains singer Phil Labonte, who lashed out at Morello in a recent interview with Loudwire over his political beliefs. Labonte, whose own views lean far right and libertarian, said about Morello, “How can you be Rage Against the Machine and then vote for someone that’s in the party that controls both the House and the Senate. So you’re against the machine but you’re voting for the candidate that is supported by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. That’s not raging against the machine, that’s jumping into the machine’s pocket, that’s lining right up behind the machine.”
Morello responded on Twitter by saying, “Phil is talented but he mistakes me for an Obama supporter. Obama too right wing for me, Phil. Repubs/dems both no bueno.”
- Labonte replied, “Well we can agree on that.”
- Labonte did not seem to recall that the House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Republicans, while the Democrats are the majority in the Senate.
- Morello has long been a staunch advocate for his own far-left views, telling us a while back that he’s not a fan of either political party:
- [“I’ve always felt more much comfortable, you know, on the outside, lobbing musical Molotov cocktails over the barbed wire fence and, you know, I believe that both political parties are severely flawed, and neither one of them really represents the true needs of the vast majority of Americans.”]
- Labonte also took Morello to task last year for an op-ed that Morello wrote for Rolling Stone in which he slammed 2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who ironically claimed to be a fan of Rage Against The Machine.
- Labonte is also a staunch gun rights advocate who wrote his own op-ed piece last year for Alternative Press supporting the Second Amendment rights of Americans to bear arms.
- All That Remains is currently on the road, while Morello will be featured heavily on the upcoming album from Bruce Springsteen, titled High Hopes, that’s due out in January.