During night two of the Republican National Convention, while Donald Trump Jr. almost set off a second plagiarism scandal and Ben Carson compared Hillary Clinton to the devil, Third Eye Blind played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland at an RNC-affiliated gig—and owned the Republicans in their audience.
Singer Stephan Jenkins started out by criticizing the GOP's anti-LGBTQ policies. He opened the band's 1997 hit "Jumper" by talking about his gay cousins and how he hoped they'd be included and accepted like everyone else in America. "To love this song is to take into your heart the message and to actually, actually have a feeling to arrive and move forward. And not to live your life in fear, and imposing that fear on other people," he said.
Jenkins wasn't quite done yet.
"Raise your hand if you believe in science!" he asked the crowd later, who responded with angry booing."You can boo all you want, but I'm the motherfucking artist up here!"
The audience last night might have hated them, but they earned their share of respect from others on Twitter this morning, mostly from people who hadn't thought much about the band since their '90s heyday:
Well played, Third Eye Blind.