Rage Against the Machine Was Mocking Donald Trump's Presidential Run 16 Years Ago

Still from Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now Into the Fire" video

One shot in the band's 1999 video for "Sleep Now Into the Fire" shows a supporter of Trump for president (when he ran in 2000) synced with the lyrics, "I'll jail and bury those committed / And smother the rest in greed."

People are taking Donald Trump's presidential candidacy with varying degrees of seriousness, but — love him or hate him — Rage Against the Machine was mocking the businessman's political aspirations 16 years ago.

In the seminal rap-rock band's Michael Moore-directed video for "Sleep Now in the Fire," where a money-hungry dystopia is illustrated though bogus TV shows like Who Wants to be Filthy F#&%ing Rich and other satirical scenes, the band plays in front of the New York Stock Exchange and eventually shuts it down. But in one shot, the clip shows a Donald Trump presidential supporter, synced with the lyrics, "I'll jail and bury those committed / And smother the rest in greed."

Before you start thinking that Rage Against the Machine had prophetic powers (though the might have still), note that Trump had a short-lived presidential campaign with the Reform Party from Oct. 1999 to Feb. 2000. (Pat Buchanan wound up getting the nomination instead.) 

Watch the video below and look for the Trump shout-out at 1:04. 

 

This article originally appeared on billboard.com.

 

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