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Conservatives Furious After Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Tweets Anti-Nazi Quote

Guitarist Tom Morello shared a quote calling out those who would share a table with a Nazi and not speak up, and rightwing fans were not happy about it.

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine
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Conservative critics are up in arms over a tweet from Tom Morello, the guitarist of the politically charged band Rage Against the Machine.

Morello shared a graphic last week featuring a German saying that highlights the dangers of tolerating Nazis.

The quote reads:

"If nine people sit down at a table with one Nazi without protest, there are 10 Nazis at the table."

You can see Morello's tweet below.

While his message aligns with the band's political stance, some conservatives on Twitter expressed their displeasure with the criticism of Nazis or people who choose to align themselves with Nazis.

While the origins of the saying were discussed in a 2018 Reddit thread—with most users stating they were unfamiliar with it—its validity as a common saying or source does not detract from the sentiment it conveys.

Still, many concurred with Morello's message.

Rage Against the Machine has a long-standing reputation for their revolutionary socialist views.

Morello, a Harvard graduate, frequently speaks out against sociopolitical injustices. Throughout its existence, Rage Against the Machine and its individual members participated in political protests and other activism to advocate these beliefs.

The band sees its music as a vehicle for social activism.

In 2020, the band announced all of the profits from the first three shows of its reunion tour would be donated to immigrant rights organizations in the United States. For subsequent shows, 10 percent of the base ticket price and 100% of proceeds after fees and base ticket price were reserved for charities local to each city they were performing in.

Last year, the band made headlines after announcing they would donate $475,000 to reproductive rights groups in Wisconsin and Illinois after the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.