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All That Remains singer Phil Labonte has issued a lengthy statement in which he "clarifies" his comments about Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello from earlier in the week. Labonte initially called Morello a "communist" and a "fool" after Morello published an op-ed in Rolling Stone in which he slammed Republican vice presidential nominee -- and Rage fan -- Paul Ryan.
Labonte has now released a statement elaborating on his tweets about Morello, in which he explains his position in great detail and points out what he feels are contradictions in Morello's stance. He wrote in part, "I've never met Tom Morello so my comments were in no way meant to be a personal attack on his character. Though I do believe his political opinions are incoherent and foolish, I also believe he has good intentions. I said he's a communist because I believe I have heard him call himself a communist."
Labonte continues that he would apologize if he was incorrect about Morello being a communist, but then explains that he believes Morello advocates "theft and the initiation of violence against a minority by the majority" as a way of "focusing his rage on 'the one percent,'" yet also calls for a "more humane and just planet . . . is aggression and theft justice? Unequivocally no."
Labonte adds, "It is my perspective as a libertarian, the best way to limit the power and influence of 'the one percent' is to limit the power of government to influence society via legislation."
Labonte points out other seeming contradictions in Morello's remarks, and also explains that despite going after Morello, "I do not support Romney/Ryan in the upcoming election. I am not a Republican. I do not support statism. I know it's hard for the far left and the far right to understand, but it's true."
Morello has yet to respond to either Labonte's initial remarks or the lengthier statement he has now posted.