Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford freely admits he’s a conspiracy theorist who believes the moon landing was faked and ISIS is part of a global plot to promote war.
The 47-year-old spoke with Rolling Stone about his new band, Wakrat, and the conversation turned to his unconventional views on politics and current events.
“I’m a conspiracy theorist, so you don’t really want to get me started on this,” Commerford warned.
The musician said he never voted because both Democratic and Republican “campaigns are all funded by the same corrupt corporations that accept the same favors.”
“It’s all bullsh*t,” Commerford said. “They’re not the ones calling the shots. Whether it’s the heads of the corporations or the military guys that have been in there for 30 years, there’s no president coming in every four years and telling those motherf*ckers what to do.”
Commerford said Donald Trump was just a setup for another Bush presidency.
“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen right now,” he said. “(Trump) has united these racist people in America to focus on immigration and at the last minute — mark my words — he’s going to drop out and he’s going to hand the sword over to Jeb [Bush], and Jeb will get all the supporters that Trump has.
“It’ll probably be another eight years of Bush, which sucks but I don’t know that that’s any different than eight years of Obama,” he continued. “It’s a bunch of bullsh*t just like, ‘I’m going to get out of Afghanistan and pull the troops out of Iraq.'”
Commerford said his new album with Wakrat was heavily influenced by his reaction to ISIS — which he does not believe exists.
“I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘Okay, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS,'” he said. “That’s a bunch of sh*t. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.”
The bassist said the videos’ production quality was too high, and he said the parts of the videos that could’t be faked — such as beheadings — had been edited out.
“We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs,” he said.
Commerford said the militant Islamic group was created by global elites that secretly run the world.
“Oh, I think it goes so much deeper than just the U.S. government,” he said. “It’s the same people that put presidents in office all over the world. It’s a global conspiracy of people whose names we’ll never know, but they’re the ones who really run the show because they’re the ones with the deepest pockets.”
Commerford said his own father, who he said worked on the Apollo missions for NASA, may have participated in a conspiracy to fake the moon landings.
“I got into it with Buzz Aldrin five years ago at a John Cusack movie premiere,” Commerford said. “There were a bunch of people gathered around, and I said, ‘I have a question: You have all these missions to the moon. How come there’s no pictures of the flags on the moon?’ He said, ‘Well, those are highly degraded by radiation by now.’ I said, ‘You left a lot of stuff on the moon. It seems that somebody with a telescope or satellite would snap a picture of that so we could see it. It’d be on the cover of every newspaper.'”
He said Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, became frustrated by his line of questioning.
“I asked him why he put a metal rod on top of the flag instead of just letting the flag out and do its thing,” Commerford said. “He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’ That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife — all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be — bolted out, and I watched them walking down the street and he was just yelling at her. It made him so mad. There are so many different facets of the lunar landing that are just bullsh*t. It was such a powerful propaganda tool at the time.”
Commerford said he was proud to consider himself a conspiracy theorist.
“I say, ‘Question everything,'” he said. “It feels good to find information that doesn’t mesh out. I’m into it. I’m proud of who I am.”