Prophets of Rage reveal how Donald Trump formed them

  • 22/03/2018

Prophets of Rage say they were created by Donald Trump, but they won't go away even if he does.

The band, composed of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cyprus Hill, was in Auckland for a concert and took the time to speak to Ben Hurley for Three's The Project.

The band has only been around for two years, forming after discontent originating from the 2016 US election result.

"That fear-based politics is what allowed Trump to be elected," guitarist Tom Morello said.

"One of the reasons I put this band together was we wanted to say, 'It's okay to be uneasy about the future for your children - but it's not Mexicans' fault, it's not Muslims' fault'."

"Don't divide the poor and working class into these stratas, you know - we should be together trying to make it more decent and humane."

US President Donald Trump often features in the band's sets, alongside a banner saying 'Make America Rage Again' - but despite this, the band says they'll be sticking around even if Mr Trump leaves the White House.

"Trump brought this band to life but it's not going away," Morello said.

"You know, there was injustice and resistance to injustice before Trump, [and] there's injustice now."


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