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Rage Against The Machine sends cease-and-desist letter to top Trump ally who swiped their name for his podcast

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Rage Against the Machine has sent a cease-and-desist to far-right British politician Nigel Farage for spoofing the band’s name in his podcast, “Farage Against The Machine.”

The Blast reported that RATM sent Farage a “strongly-worded” letter this week, blasting him for “brazenly and unlawfully” exploiting the band’s name and logo. Howard King, the band’s lawyer, added that the “implication of any endorsement by our client of you or your policies is particularly abhorrent.”

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“RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades,” the letter continued. “In fact, that has been an integral part of the band’s identity and purpose.”

“Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for,” the band wrote. “Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.”

The report noted that the band’s lawyer demanded Farage stop using all of his marketing, promotional and advertising material along with anything else that “falsely associates you, your colleagues at LBC and Fox, and your far-right political views with RATM.”

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