Tom Morello delivers perfect comeback to Twitter troll who claimed he could “play his s**t piss-drunk on my back”

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine performs as part of Prophets Of Rage on stage at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on August 12, 2019 in London, England.
(Image credit: Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Best of 2020: As a politically outspoken musician, Tom Morello encounters his fair share of online trolls – and his comebacks keep getting better and better, whether it’s on the subject of politics or, less frequently, his guitar playing.

In his latest online altercation over the weekend, one Twitter troll proclaimed, “[Rage Against the Machine] are punks in a bad way. Shit, I can play Tom Morello’s shit-piss drunk on my back. Fuck those commies.”

Morello, ever the Twitter raconteur, had the perfect retort.

“Please submit video of you playing the Know Your Enemy solo note perfect in this inebriated prone position and I will write “Trump Rules” on my guitar and send it to you as a gift,” he hit back. “You have 24hrs my dude.”

At the time of writing, there were 19 hours left until Morello’s deadline, and the troll’s original tweet had since been deleted, so it seems unlikely we’ll get to see this intoxicated performance.

Besides maintaining his red-hot social media game, Morello told GW he has been keeping busy in lockdown recording new material, and teaching his son the wonders of Led Zeppelin, even learning a few things himself on the way.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.