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 October 1999 to February 2000. (Pat Buchanan wound up getting the nomination instead.)
Watch the video below and look for the Trump shout-out at 1:04.